Just in case you missed Sunday’s New York Times article, “Hospitals Aren’t Waiting for Verdict on Health Care Law,” be sure to read how 701-bed Maimonides Medical Center in New York City is preparing for the Supreme Court’s verdict on President Obama’s health reform law. 

As the Times put it, “like hospitals across the country, Maimonides is not waiting for the verdict. Win, lose or draw in court, administrators said, the policies driving the federal health care law are already embedded in big cuts and new payment formulas that hospitals ignore at their peril. And even if the law is repealed after the next election, the economic pressure to care differently for more people at lower cost is irreversible.”

Buried within the Times article is a revealing set of facts.  Maimonides (which uses Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager EHR, the Allscripts ED system and our Care Management solution) has among the nation’s lowest death rates for patients suffering from pnuemonia, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

In fact, measured against all 5,000+ hospitals in the US, the mortality outcomes for Maimonides are truly stunning:

  • The lowest pneumonia mortality rate (6.8%) of any hospital in the US
  • The eighth lowest rate of heart attack mortality (11.2% )
  • The ninth lowest rate of congestive heart failure mortality (7.3%)

You can see their results on this interactive feature from USA Today by entering the condition, the outcome (death) and “USA lowest 100.”  Then scroll down to the bottom of the list to find Maimonides.  (The data are compiled by the CMS and cover a three-year period from mid-2007 to mid-2010).

Maimonides also is one of only three New York City hospitals to be named by HealthGrades a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ for the third consecutive year, placing Maimonides in the Top 5% nationwide for clinical performance.

Congratulations to the hard-working staff and leadership of Maimonides Medical Center on these outstanding outcomes!

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Todd Stein is editor of It Takes A Community. A former journalist and freelance editor, Stein has worked as a business reporter for The Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Business Times, as producer of HIMSS Newsbreak, contributing editor to California Hospitals and senior writer for NurseWeek. His many articles on healthcare IT and other topics have appeared in dozens of national and regional publications including Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, Journal of AHIMA, Physicians Practice, The Los Times, San Francisco Magazine and VIA.

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