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Healthcare Performance Improvement: Exceeding Core Measure Targets for Value-Based Reimbursement, a 45-minute webinar on July 20, 2011 now available for replay
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With CMS moving toward a value-based purchasing system effective October 2012, hospitals are struggling to improve their core measurement scores before their reimbursement levels are impacted.

Listen to pre-conference comments from Dr. Steve Berkowitz.

During Healthcare Performance Improvement: Exceeding Core Measure Targets for Value-Based Reimbursement, a 45-minute webinar on July 20th, now available for replay, Dr. Steve Berkowitz, president at SMB Health Consulting and former chief medical officer for the central and west Texas division of HCA at St. David's HealthCare, shared practical strategies for improving core measures, as well as modeling techniques to illustrate the impact of a hospital's failure to meet the measures. You will learn:

  • Strategies for improving healthcare performance through core measures and other quality indicators;
  • How to efficiently collect, track, report and share the data;
  • Staffing considerations, including how to get physician buy-in; and
  • Calculations and modeling techniques to show the cost and impact of missing a core measure target.

Dr. Berkowitz draws upon his quality improvement experience at St. David's HealthCare, which has among the best CMS core measures in the country.

Here's what participants said about the program:

"Dr. Berkowitz was genuine, honest, and presented an "I've been in your shoes" practical format. Key advice on implementation related to individual ownership. Helped us feel that we could also be successful, said Terri Jones, Mary Greeley Medical Center.

"Great ideas about strategies to accomplish results with core measures," said Jessica Hannusch, RN, Mary Greeley Medical Center.

"Very informative and talked specifically what hospitals need to do to get onboard," said another participant.

Have questions on our webinar and/or webinar formats? Visit our webinar FAQ.

You can watch this program right in your office and enjoy significant savings -- no travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. Its so convenient! Invite your staff members to gather around a conference table to see the conference.


Presidents/CEOs, CFOs, chief operating officers, vice presidents, medical directors, reimbursement executives, analysts, business development executives, consultants, directors, executive directors, financial/business managers, and strategic planning executives.

Dr. Steve Berkowitz
The establishment of good core measure performance is good patient care.

Steven M. Berkowitz, M.D., has over 25 years experience in healthcare executive management, speaking and consulting. He is the founder and president of SMB Health Consulting, specializing in assisting physicians and hospitals in improving clinical outcomes and performance.

Previously, for 12 years he was chief medical officer for St. Davids Healthcare (SDH), a six-hospital system in Austin, Texas, as well as the Division CMO for HCA Central and West Texas Division, which included eight facilities in Austin and El Paso. As a member of the senior executive team, he had the overall responsibility of clinical outcomes improvement, physician development, strategic planning, and medical management for the Division. During this time he directed the implementation of numerous initiatives and programs to improve the systems clinical effectiveness. St. Davids mortality index and CMS core measures are now among the best in the nation. STEMI times have reached national best practice levels, and SDH has been recognized at both the state and national levels for patient care quality and performance excellence. In 2008, St. Davids received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, a Baldrige-based award.

Dr. Berkowitz was also chairman of the Capital Area Providers, a 5.01-(a) Texas medical foundation with over 850 physicians.

Prior to this position, Dr. Berkowitz had been national practice leader for physician services with the HayGroup. During this time he assisted major healthcare clients throughout the United States and Canada in the areas of strategic development, physician integration, physician compensation, and medical practice management. He was a senior executive for Harris Methodist Health System serving as medical director of the HMO and chief medical officer for the integrated delivery system. He began his administrative career as medical/executive director for The Travelers in Phoenix.

He received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering at Northwestern University and his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine.

Publication Date: July 20, 2011
Number of Pages: 45-minute webinar
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