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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration
12/06/2010

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

At Texas Health Resources, the quality of care we provide and the safety of our patients and staff are our top priorities. That’s why our hospitals use multiple tools to measure and improve quality, including our voluntary participation in the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration.

The Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration is a national pay-for-performance project overseen by Premier Inc. and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS. It rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care improvement, which includes open heart surgery and hip and knee surgery.

The project, which began in 2003, is the first of its kind. It is designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care.

Premier and CMS recently announced Year 5 results from the national quality incentive project, and Texas Health hospitals were awarded $510,000 for delivering high quality care. Nationwide, CMS awarded about $12 million to 225 hospitals for quality improvements.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne were the top performing entities in the Texas Health system. I congratulate Texas Health Plano and Texas Health Cleburne, and all Texas Health hospitals, for demonstrating their commitment to continually raising the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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