10 Worst States for Healthcare: South Carolina #8

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New research out from personal finance site Wallethub, has compared the 50 U.S.states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions — health costs, access and outcomes — consisting of 40 relevant metrics.

The study looked at with metrics ranging from “average monthly insurance premium” to “number of physicians per capita” and “percentage of adults and children with health insurance coverage.”

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best health care at the most reasonable cost. The study determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

According to those findings, these 10 states have the worst healthcare in the country.

10.? Florida

Overall score: 47.04
Costs ranking: 39
Access ranking: 47
Outcomes ranking: 39

9.? Georgia

Overall score: 46.51
Costs ranking: 30
Access ranking: 50
Outcomes ranking: 42

8.? South Carolina

Overall score: 46.14
Costs ranking: 49
Access ranking: 32
Outcomes ranking: 41

7.? Oklahoma

Overall score: 45.59
Costs ranking: 41
Access ranking: 33
Outcomes ranking: 46

6.? Alabama

Overall score: 44.03
Costs ranking: 44
Access ranking: 44
Outcomes ranking: 44

5.? North Carolina

Overall score: 43.98
Costs ranking: 50
Access ranking: 46
Outcomes ranking: 30

4.? Arkansas

Overall score: 43.22
Costs ranking: 37
Access ranking: 31
Outcomes ranking: 50

3.? Alaska

Overall score: 41.78
Costs ranking: 51
Access ranking: 37
Outcomes ranking: 22

2.? Mississippi

Overall score: 41.53
Costs ranking: 42
Access ranking: 26
Outcomes ranking: 51

1.? Louisiana

Overall score: 41.14
Costs ranking: 48
Access ranking: 39
Outcomes ranking: 49

Healthcare Organization Yields Impressive Fundraising Results Using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT with Grateful Patient Solution

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Independent study shows how a healthcare organization can more efficiently identify patients who want to give back as thanks for exceptional care

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —?Blackbaud BLKB, +1.26% today announced the results of a commissioned Total Economic Impact? (TEI) [1] study conducted by Forrester Consulting, which examines the return on investment that a healthcare organization may experience by deploying Blackbaud’s smart cloud fundraising and relationship management solution along with its wealth and asset screening solution. Forrester found that over a three-year period, a healthcare organization can achieve a 90 percent return on investment, increase the volume of grateful patient gifts raised by gift officers by 40 percent and increase the average size of grateful patient donations by 28 percent.

To evaluate the economic impact, Forrester took a comprehensive approach to its study, interviewing Blackbaud subject matter experts, Forrester analysts and a hospital foundation (Inova Health Foundation) currently using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT? and Grateful Patient Solution. Using the data, Forrester analysts constructed a financial model representative of the interview using its TEI methodology to identify the cost, benefit, flexibility and risk factors that affect the investment decision.

“For over 35 years, Blackbaud’s innovation, industry expertise and value-added services have helped healthcare organizations excel in fundraising and constituent relationship management,” said Page Bullington, president and general manager of Blackbaud Healthcare Solutions. “The ROI that Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Grateful Patient Solution brings Inova goes further than its financial results. Our innovations allow Inova to learn more about its constituents and leverage the combination of better data and enhanced functionality to focus its fundraising efforts, ultimately increasing its efficiency and effectiveness.”

Inova Health Foundation (“Inova”), based in Falls Church, Va., is part of the Inova Health System, a large nonprofit health organization that employs over 17,000 staff throughout five hospitals, 25 assisted living and long-term care facilities, 26 primary care locations and a variety of other health-related services. Previously struggling to identify and target ideal donor prospects, Inova turned to Blackbaud to enhance the technology powering its research, direct mail and gift officer outreach.

Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT and Grateful Patient Solution helped Inova identify grateful patient prospects with high giving potential. “It would be impossible to identify the right patients to talk to without Blackbaud because of the volume coming into our system every day,” said Paige Moses, associate vice president, Foundation Services at Inova Health Foundation. “We’ve been able to set up a process that can handle the volume of constituents Inova sees every day with a very lean staff. Before, we couldn’t get through this volume of constituents.”

After deploying Raiser’s Edge NXT with the Grateful Patient Solution, Inova experienced:

  • Raised an additional $429,511 from grateful patients. Gift officers leveraged better data and technology to target prospects, increasing the number of gifts from grateful patients by 40 percent and the average gift value by 28 percent.
  • Increased direct mail donations, raising an additional $142,300. Inova built highly-targeted direct mail efforts to grateful patients based on data from daily screenings and quarterly modeling.
  • Saved more than $113,000 per year. By replacing legacy solutions and upgrading to the cloud solution, Inova has also been able to greatly improve its efficiencies and productivity.
  • Recaptured $32,000 of increased foundation employee productivity annually. Foundation staff streamlined regular processes to save over 2,000 hours annually with Blackbaud’s solutions.

“Being able to establish a direct mail program that drove over 800 donors in one year versus a former program that only drove 78 donors in 2015 and 105 donors in 2016 is a huge win,” said Jeff Johnson, senior director of Inova Health Foundation.

Learn how Inova increased patient donations while improving productivity using the Blackbaud solutions by downloading the full study at https://hello.blackbaud.com/12227_Healthcare_Forrester_Report.html. Hosted by Blackbaud, join Inova Health Foundation and guest Forrester on September 19 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this report in webinar form.

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About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit?www.blackbaud.com.

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Roper Hospital and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital Named to Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson Health, 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —?Truven Health Analytics?, part of the IBM Watson Health? business, released its annual study identifying the 100 Top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance. The annual five-year trend analysis found significant improvement for U.S. hospitals on a number of key quality measures, such as inpatient mortality and complication rates, 30-day readmissions, and lengths of stay. It also found costs were held flat for the majority of U.S. hospitals.

The time period analyzed, 2011 through 2015, coincides with the hospital industry’s initial adoption of value-based care. The national improvement in quality metrics, concurrent with curbed growth in expense, may be a harbinger of future trends as more hospitals shift away from fee-for-service payment models.

“The hospital industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based care appears to be bearing some positive results for both patients and payers,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “The magnitude of improvement we’ve observed over the last five years is greater than any other five-year period we’ve tracked. On top of that, this year’s winners have reached new highs in performance in comparison to peers across the country, which suggests that improvement in value from hospitals is likely to continue.”

Nationwide Hospital Benchmarks

The 100 Top Hospitals study calculates five-year changes in performance on an annual basis. This directional performance data provides a granular look at where U.S. hospitals are showing the most significant improvement, and where performance has plateaued or declined. Some of the most noteworthy trends in overall hospital performance include:

  • Significantly Improved 30-Day Readmission Rates: One of the most closely watched quality metrics, 30-day readmission rates, has shown significant improvement in 52 percent of U.S. hospitals over the last five years. That rate has stayed flat in 48 percent of hospitals and worsened in just 0.1 percent of hospitals.
  • Significantly Improved Mortality Index: The risk-adjusted mortality showed significant improvement in 21 percent of U.S. hospitals over the study period, remained steady in 79 percent of hospitals, while only 0.1 percent of hospitals saw an increase in mortality.
  • Shorter Average Length of Stay: The severity-adjusted average length of stay improved in 18 percent of U.S. hospitals over the same time period. That rate held steady in 76 percent of hospitals and worsened in six percent of hospitals.
  • Flat Inpatient Expenses: The average cost of treating an inpatient over the five-year study period improved in two percent of U.S. hospitals, held flat in 79 percent of hospitals, and worsened in 19 percent of hospitals.

100 Top Hospitals Performance vs. Peer Benchmarks

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals winners’ performance and improvement substantially exceeds that of peers, resulting higher national benchmarks than the previous year. This year’s Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals award winners saw mortality index rates that were 23 percent better than peer group hospitals and complications index rates that were 17 percent better than peer group hospitals. They achieved this while also incurring inpatient expenses that were nine percent lower than their peers.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly than 89,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • Over 61,000 additional patients could be complication free;
  • Over $5.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day;
  • Over 300,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days;
  • Patients would spend nine minutes less in hospital emergency departments per visit.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatient care, the impact would be even greater.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas, addressing: inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

For the ninth year, Truven Health Analytics is also recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners — those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. This year, there are 10 Everest Award winners.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,740 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

Here are the winning hospitals, by category, with asterisks indicating the Everest Award winners:

Major Teaching Hospitals

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, IL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL*
Beaumont Hospital – Royal OakRoyal Oak, MI*
Emory University Hospital – Atlanta, GA
Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, TX
NorthShore University HealthSystem – Evanston, IL
Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans, LA
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital – Columbus, OH
Providence – Providence Park Hospital – Southfield, MI
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – St. Louis, MO
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI*
St. Luke’s University Hospital – BethlehemBethlehem, PA
University of Colorado Hospital – Aurora, CO
University of Utah Health Care – Salt Lake City, UT

Teaching Hospitals

Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale – Hinsdale, IL
Aspirus Wausau Hospital – Wausau, WI
Beaumont Hospital – Grosse PointeGrosse Pointe, MI*
Bethesda North Hospital – Cincinnati, OH
Billings Clinic Hospital – Billings, MT
BSA Health System – Amarillo, TX
Franciscan Health Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital – Muncie, IN
Kendall Regional Medical Center – Miami, FL
Lancaster General Hospital – Lancaster, PA
LDS Hospital – Salt Lake City, UT
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s – Grand Rapids, MI
Mercy Hospital St. Louis?– St. Louis, MO
Newton-Wellesley Hospital – Newton, MA
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital – St. Louis Park, MN*
Parkview Regional Medical Center – Fort Wayne , IN
Poudre Valley Hospital – Fort Collins, CO
Riverside Medical Center – Kankakee, IL
Rose Medical Center – Denver, CO
Sentara Leigh Hospital – Norfolk, VA
St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud, MN
St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center – Boise, ID
St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, WI
St. Vincent Healthcare – Billings, MT
The Christ Hospital Health Network – Cincinnati, OH

Large Community Hospitals

Advocate Condell Medical Center – Libertyville, IL
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center – Medford, OR
Chandler Regional Medical Center – Chandler, AZ
Chester County Hospital – West Chester, PA
CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Tyler – Tyler, TX
EvergreenHealth Kirkland – Kirkland, WA
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Pinehurst, NC
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center – Daytona Beach, FL
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital – Richmond, VA
Logan Regional Hospital – Logan, UT
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center – Houston, TX
Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids, MN
Mosaic Life Care – Saint Joseph, MO*
North Florida Regional Medical Center – Gainesville, FL
Roper Hospital – Charleston, SC
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla – La Jolla, CA
St. David’s Medical Center – Austin, TX
St. Francis Downtown – Greenville, SC
WellStar West Georgia Medical Center – LaGrange, GA
West Florida Hospital – Pensacola, FL

Medium Community Hospitals

American Fork Hospital – American Fork, UT
Baptist Medical Center Beaches – Jacksonville Beach, FL*
Baylor Scott & White Healthcare – Round RockRound Rock, TX
Blanchard Valley Hospital – Findlay, OH
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital – Charleston, SC
Chino Valley Medical Center – Chino, CA
Clermont Hospital – Batavia, OH
Dupont Hospital – Fort Wayne, IN
Fairview Park Hospital – Dublin, GA
Holland Hospital – Holland, MI
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital – Fairfax, VA
Medical Center of the Rockies – Loveland, CO
Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
Ochsner Medical Center – Baton RougeBaton Rouge, LA*
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – NampaNampa, ID
Sherman Oaks Hospital – Sherman Oaks, CA
St. Vincent Carmel Hospital – Carmel, IN
Sycamore Medical Center – Miamisburg, OH
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX
West Valley Medical Center – Caldwell, ID

Small Community Hospitals

Alta View Hospital – Sandy, UT
Aurora Medical Center – Two Rivers, WI
Aurora Medical Center – Oshkosh, WI
Fairview Northland Medical Center – Princeton, MN
Franklin Woods Community Hospital – Johnson City, TN
Hawkins County Memorial Hospital – Rogersville, TN*
Henry Community Health – New Castle, IN
Lakeview Hospital – Bountiful, UT
Lakeview Hospital – Stillwater, MN
Lakeview Medical Center – Rice Lake, WI
Oaklawn Hospital – Marshall, MI
OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center – Pontiac, IL
Parkview Huntington Hospital – Huntington, IN
Spectrum Health United Hospital – Greenville, MI
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital – Zeeland, MI
St. John Owasso Hospital – Owasso, OK
St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital – Howell, MI*
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance – Fort Worth, TX
Waynesboro Hospital – Waynesboro, PA
Yampa Valley Medical Center – Steamboat Springs, CO

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals? Program

Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics. Visit 100tophospitals.com for more information.

About Truven Health Analytics, Part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics?, part of the IBM Watson Health? business, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies and policymakers, the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan?, 100 Top Hospitals?, Advantage Suite?, Micromedex?, Simpler ? and ActionOI ?. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL and Denver, CO.

For more information, visit www.truvenhealth.com


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Letter from President of MUSC to Staff Shows Concern Over Recent Executive Order on Immigration

By Mark A. Leon
A letter released today from MUSC President David J. Cole reinforced the commitment to create a diverse and inclusive community where backgrounds and ideas are shared without judgement or prejudice.? He also expressed concern on the potential ramifications of the Executive Presidential Order and how it may affect the future of the hospital system and medicine.
His words, though short and well summarized, express a similar sentiment felt by many professionals in the Lowcountry.? Change is happening, but standing in solidarity behind ethical and practical behavior is critical today more than it has been in a long time.? It will take prominent leadership to ensure the bonds and successes created in this country with the shared partnership of knowledge experts from around the world continues.
Letter From MUSC President David J. Cole to the MUSC Family
To the MUSC Family,
In light of the recent executive order issued by President Trump, which may affect members of the MUSC community, let me remind you that embracing Diversity and Inclusion is a pillar goal of our institution. Intrinsic to this is supporting each other including our international students, faculty and staff and those who have immigrated to the United States. Through our shared commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, the Medical University of South Carolina is building a richer, more vibrant and more sustainable community for ourselves and in partnership with our larger, extended community.
In the coming days, we will be closely monitoring how this order may affect our community. Any MUSC team member with questions about the potential impact of the executive order should contact Denise Smith, program manager of Immigration in the MUSC Center for Global Health, fowled@musc.edu, (843) 792-7083.
Yours in service,
David J. Cole, M.D., FACS
Medical University of South Carolina