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The term ‘Center of Excellence’ implies a promise of quality. When self-insured employers grant it to a hospital, it leads employees to expect advanced techniques and safe procedures. But sometimes employers’ choice facilities fall short of these expectations. Why?

How much can selecting the wrong 'center of excellence' cost you?

Outcomes-Data is Complex and Opaque

Reputation Is Not a Reliable Guide to Quality

So what should self-insured employers do?

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Employers should carefully evaluate their approach to selecting Centers of Excellence. MPIRICA is dedicated to helping employers understand the risks of partnering with the wrong facilities. Our free white paper, 5 Steps to Select True Centers of Excellence, explores the issue in depth. 

You’ll better understand the scope of the problem, and you’ll learn how to use data-based criteria to evaluate high-quality, cost-effective providers.

Assessing healthcare outcomes is highly specialized, esoteric work. Most firms are not equipped to do it. This can leave many employers without a workable, data-driven way to evaluate hospital performance. So instead, they lean on a proxy – a hospital’s reputation in the community

Even at big-name hospitals, performance can vary wildly across different surgical procedures. A hospital with peerless heart-surgeons, for example, might produce poor outcomes for knee-replacements. This means that a strong reputation can’t guarantee positive outcomes.

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