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BMC Honored for Quality by Harvard Pilgrim
November 11, 2010

For Immediate Release

BMC Honored by Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare for Quality

PITTSFIELD, MA – For the fourth year in a row, Berkshire Medical Center has been named to the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Hospital Honor Roll for the continuing success of its quality improvement initiatives. The Hospital Honor Roll recognizes hospitals whose performance is among the top 25% of hospitals measured nationally on a set of composite quality metrics.

The quality metrics are based on Hospital Quality Alliance measures, as reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Hospital Compare, and Leapfrog patient safety measures. Hospital Compare measures how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay. Leapfrog is a national coalition of business leaders and major health care purchasers formed in 2000 to promote the increased safety of inpatient care.

To determine the Honor Roll, Harvard Pilgrim used Centers for Medicare and Medicaid data for quality measures in the treatment of heart attack and chest pain, heart failure, pneumonia and the surgical care improvement project. In addition, data from Leapfrog was used in comparing the prevention of medical errors, appropriate ICU staffing, steps hospitals take to avoid harm and the reduction of in-hospital injuries.

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