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March 2, 2014

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“With all the changes in health care brought about by the Affordable Care Act, we applaud our hospital partners for continuing to focus on improving the quality of care and patient safety,” said Carrie Frank, vice president of quality and health informatics at Excellus BCBS.

Ten hospitals in the Utica/Rome/North Country Region participated in this program in 2013, including Adirondack Medical Center and CVPH Medical Center.

“With the financial pressures being faced by hospitals, particularly in upstate New York, many of us would not be able to devote the resources necessary for these very valuable projects without the assistance Excellus BCBS provided,” said Dr. Albert D’Accurzio, vice president of medical affairs at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Areas targeted for improvement include clinical processes of care focused on improvements in heart-attack care, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; patient safety, centered on reductions in hospital-acquired infections, falls, pressure ulcers, readmissions and other adverse events or errors that affect patient care; and patient satisfaction, using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, which is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care 

“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has continued to reward improvements in quality through our contracts with hospitals,” Frank said. “These improvements also have the effect of lowering the costs of care, which is critical to hospitals in this environment.”

Building seminar

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Housing Outlet Inc. will hold a Home Building Seminar on Thursday, March 20, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dino’s Pizza, 795 Route 3 (next to Wilson Appliance) in Plattsburgh. 

The seminar will offer guidance on topics such as lender requirements, manufactured and modular homes, advice on finding and developing a building site and time frames for home building.

Experts from all areas of construction will give an overview of the process and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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