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Texas Health Plano Receives Financial Awards for Quality
11/16/2010

PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will receive financial awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for outstanding performance in a national quality incentive project.

Texas Health Plano received 11 of the 12 financial awards for which it was eligible for a total of $113,434 — the largest award for any Texas Health hospital. Texas Health Plano’s financial awards included Top Performer in heart failure care, Top Improver in heart attack care and surgical care improvement, and Attainment Performance in pneumonia care.

The awards are based on fifth-year results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration, a value-based purchasing project sponsored by CMS and the Premier healthcare alliance, which rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.

“These awards are a product of the commitment to high-quality care that every one of our employees strives to provide every patient — every day,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano.

The 12 Texas Health hospitals participating in the project will receive awards totaling $510,000. Across the U.S., CMS awarded total incentive payments of about $12 million to 225 hospitals.

“Patient safety and providing a best-practice approach to patient care are our top priorities,” said Mary Ann Rericha, the hospital’s director of quality. “We are proud to be noted among the best of the best in quality of patient care.”

The areas of care measured in the project are: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, hip and knee surgical services and surgical care improvement.

Incentive payments were distributed to Texas Health hospitals in early October. Texas Health has participated in the project since its inception in October 2003. The HQID project is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care.

Hospitals participating in the project have three opportunities to receive financial incentives:

  • Top Performer Award – The top 20 percent of hospitals in each clinical area receive an additional incentive payment.
  • Attainment Performance Award – Hospitals that attain or exceed the median level composite quality score benchmark from two years prior will receive an incentive payment.
  • Top Improvement Award – Hospitals that attain median level performance and are among the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage quality improvements in each clinical area receive an additional incentive payment.

All results from the quality demonstration project will be made public on the websites for Premier and for CMS this week.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 366-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,300 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org.

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