Michigan Health System Joins More Than 2,500 Hospitals to Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs

Marquette General Health System, a new owner of the Premier healthcare alliance, participates in collaboratives, compares performance using nation’s largest clinical, financial and operational database

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Marquette General Health System of Marquette, Mich., has joined the Premier healthcare alliance, consisting of more than 2,500 hospitals and 76,000 other healthcare sites, to improve care delivery.

As a Premier owner, Marquette leverages a national purchasing network delivering industry-leading contract pricing. The not-for-profit health system formerly utilized MedAssets as its national purchasing organization.

Marquette also collaborates and compares performance with other members of the alliance to improve care efficiency while safely reducing waste and costs using the nation’s largest clinical, financial and operational database.

“Premier’s business model is unique in that it is completely owned by its members and thus accountable to and fully aligned with their goals,” said Gary Muller, president & CEO at Marquette. “We believe this new partnership will help improve the value of the health services Marquette provides to our community and look forward to furthering our work with Premier.”

The health system participates in two Premier collaboratives for additional performance improvement opportunities.

As a new member of Premier’s ASCEND® (Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor) program, Marquette aggregates, monitors and analyzes supply chain data to identify improvement opportunities. This includes simplified and consistent purchasing processes, appropriate clinical utilization and specially negotiated contracts. Members of ASCEND have saved $56 million over two years, without sacrificing the quality of care.

To support its purchasing decisions, the health system uses Premier supply chain tools like SpendAdvisor® MySpend™, to easily examine spend data.

Marquette is also a member of Premier’s PACT™ (Partnership for Care Transformation) collaborative, which unites 90 health systems representing approximately 450 hospitals, 20,000 physicians, and millions of covered lives to share best practices for coordinated care development. Data from Premier’s QualityAdvisor™ supports the system with collaborative efforts. The tool helps providers reduce readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions and value-based purchasing penalties while addressing professional practice evaluation.

The combination of Premier data, such as QualityAdvisor and MySpend, has helped hospitals save millions of dollars over the past year.

“We exist to help alliance members drive savings and value while improving care quality,” said Premier Chief Operating Officer Mike Alkire. “This can be achieved through clinically-proven enhancements to resource utilization, standardization and aggregation strategies that change practice and purchasing patterns for better outcomes at the lowest possible costs.”

Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier said, “Our new partnership with Marquette is already helping member hospitals nationwide identify opportunities to enhance care, safety and outcomes. We’re honored to have them as part of the alliance.”

About the Marquette General Health System

Marquette General Hospital is a federally designated Regional Referral Center and a member of Superior Health Partners. They are the regional medical center for Michigan's Upper Peninsula and beyond. As a 315-bed specialty care hospital, Marquette General receives patients from throughout Upper Michigan, and provides care in 65 specialties and subspecialties. Their medical staff, of more than 200 doctors, works as a team with 2,400 employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year. http://www.mgh.org.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 76,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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