Ballad Health component MSHA recognized as top performer by health care industry magazine

Johnson City Press • May 20, 2018 at 4:30 AM

Mountain States Health Alliance, a subsidiary of Ballad Health, is one of America’s top performing health systems, according to a review published in Modern Healthcare, an industry trade magazine for health care. The analysis was published in the April 23 issue of the magazine.

Ballad Health was formed in February from the merger of Mountain States and Wellmont Health System, the Tennessee/Virginia mountain region’s two health systems.

The publication lists the health systems identified by IBM/Watson, one of the most recognized health care analytics enterprises in the nation, as among the top 20 percent in performance on key quality measures such as mortality rates, readmission rates, average length of stay for patients, rate of Medicare spending per beneficiary, emergency department throughput, hospital-acquired conditions and others.

Other systems listed among the top 20 percent include the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Foundation, Mercy Health, and Sentara Healthcare. Mountain States is listed among the medium-sized systems with revenue from $800 million to $1.6 billion, and is the only medium-sized system in Tennessee or Virginia to be named among the top 20 percent.

The 2018 study analyzed 388 health systems and 2,422 hospitals that are members of health systems, and the legacy Mountain States health system ranked among the best in the country.

Separately, Wellmont Medical Associates, now a part of Ballad Health, is one of three organizations recognized with the 2018 Acclaim award for finding ways to improve the value of their services to the community.

The Acclaim Award, supported by the American Medical Group Association Foundation, recognizes medical groups for improving the value they bring to the communities they serve by increasing quality and lowering the cost of health care. Wellmont Medical Associates was recognized as an honoree alongside Michigan Medicine.

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