Nebraska Heart Hospital Recognized as Community Value 100® Hospital by Cleverley + Associates

Nebraska Heart Hospital was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates. Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies, released the findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry – 2013 Edition.

CVLA_100_Large“In our mission of health ministry, we feel it is imperative to make careful use of the resources entrusted to us so our patients receive the highest quality care possible at the best value,” said Dan Schonlau, Vice President of Finance for Nebraska Heart Hospital. “We’re proud to have received the only Community Value recognition in Nebraska, which validates that we are indeed providing our patients with the best possible value in health care.”

Written by William O. Cleverley, Ph.D., a noted expert in healthcare finance, the State of the Hospital Industry reports selected measures of hospital financial performance and discusses the critical factors that lie behind them. The publication focuses on the US acute-care hospital industry over a three-year time period (2009- 2011).

For the tenth year, the 2013 State of the Hospital Industry reports an exclusive measure developed by Cleverley + Associates: the Community Value Index® (CVI). The CVI is a proprietary index created to offer a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community. The book outlines the data used to calculate the CVI as well as provides a list of the Top 100 and all Five-Star (top quintile) hospitals.

“The topic of hospital value is increasingly being discussed. Issues of pricing and community benefit have been well-publicized but little has been offered to measure the broad scope of value ,” adds James Cleverley, co-author. “In response, the Community Value Index® was created to provide an assessment of a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing, and quality. Fundamentally, the CVI suggests that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients.”

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