For the second year in a row, Palomar Health is ranked among top 20% of health systems of its size in U.S., according to the 15 Top Health Systems Study 2017 by Truven Health Analytics published in Modern Healthcare magazine.
In addition to selecting the top 15 health systems each year, Truven divides all health sys-tems it measures into quintiles by the size of the system—Palomar Health is among small health systems—and is rated in the top quintile—top 20 percent— of systems in its category.
The Truven study is “uniquely focused on measuring the impact of managerial excellence” and includes “top performing health systems.” The study measures mortality, complications, readmission rates, ED wait times, length of stay, and Medicare spending per beneficiary.
The top quintile systems such as Palomar Health outperformed their lowest quintile peers in the following ways:
● They had much better patient outcomes: 20.6% lower mortality and 13.1% lower complications
● They followed accepted care protocols for core measures more closely, with 97.2% compliance versus 94.4%
● They had somewhat lower mean 30-day mortality rates (0.2 percentage points lower;
includes AMI, HF, pneumonia, COPD, and stroke patients)
● They had lower mean 30-day readmission rates (15% versus 16%; includes AMI, HF,
pneumonia, hip/knee arthroplasty, COPD, and stroke patients)
● They had much lower mean ED wait times, with an average difference of 47 minutes per ED patient
● They were more efficient, releasing patients nearly one day sooner than the lowest performers and at a 5.1% lower episode cost (MSPB)
● They scored 11.3 points higher on the HCAHPS overall patient rating of care
“For the second year in row, we at Palomar Health are proud to be designated by Truven Health Analytics in the top 20 percent of healthcare systems our size in the U.S.” said Robert A. Hemker, president and CEO of Palomar Health. “Value, as measured by the Truven Report, is consistent with our core purpose of Patient First care – where patients know they will receive the highest quality and safety throughout their care. The passion our team has for our patients causes us to continually improve upon these standards of excellence.”
The 2017 study analyzed 337 health systems and 2,415 hospitals that are members of health systems.