Visiting Nurse Association of Middlesex-East and Visiting Nurse Hospice was honored as a finalist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Annual Health Care Excellence Award. The VNA was recognized for reducing its re-hospitalization rate from 29% to 17% within two years – the lowest in the state – despite caring for an aging population that increasingly struggles with chronic conditions such as stroke, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, and hypertension. This accomplishment has significantly reduced health care costs while improving the quality of life for their patients.
Also recognized as a finalist was EMC Corporation, an international leader in Information Infrastructure solutions. EMC was recognized for its Partners in Health program, which successfully engaged its workforce and their families in learning how individual behaviors, choices and attitudes influence overall health and health care expenditures, waste and outcomes.
This year’s award winner was Health & Education Services, Inc. (HES), a community-based behavioral health care network in northeastern Massachusetts. HEIS was selected for exceptional achievement in improving the safety and effectiveness of health care in Massachusetts through its Health Access and Integration Program (HAIP).
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