In 2018, Novant Health was awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) inaugural Health Equity Award for a project that demonstrated the ongoing value of examining patient demographic data through a health equity lens. The health system reduced pneumonia readmission disparities for African Americans by 50 percent within six months. Within 12 months, the organization had not only eliminated the disparity between African American and Caucasian patients, but it had reduced the pneumonia readmission rate for both populations.
Vizient® nominated Novant Health for the award because its pneumonia project is a leading example for other member organizations to follow — use the data at your disposal to improve quality and better understand the needs of the patients you serve. The project was so successful that Novant Health is applying its health equity lens to emerging markets, particularly to anticipate the needs of growing patient populations.