Newport News, VA - Riverside Regional Medical Center has been recognized by Medicare for excellent results in hip and knee surgery.  The 3-year study is called HQID Medicare and is designed to improve the quality of patient care. 

The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration, or HQID, is being conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Premier, Inc., an alliance of 1,700 not-for-profit hospitals.  Riverside is one of only approximately 270 hospitals across 38 states that have volunteered to participate in this national pilot demonstration on quality.

The demonstration compares quality performance for five specific clinical conditions with those of other participating hospitals using nationally accepted standard performance measures. 

Riverside Regional Medical Center achieved an overall composite quality score, an aggregate of all evidence-based clinical quality measures within each clinical area, of 97.43 percent in the clinical focus areas of hip and knee surgery.

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital also received recognition for their outstanding accomplishments in the focus area of Heart Failure (HF).

"Our participation in this demonstration and the results we have achieved are a testament to our leadership and achievement in quality care and patient safety, as well as our commitment to reducing healthcare costs", said Barry Gross, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Riverside Health System.  "Everyone at Riverside continues our long-time focus on improving the health of the people we serve through compassionate care that is high-quality, efficient and cost effective. We never stop trying to do better," added Gross.

Published: January 29, 2007