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Texas Health Kaufman Receives Financial Awards for Quality
08/17/2009

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman will receive financial awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for performing well in a national quality incentive project.

The hospital will receive awards totaling $6,465 for attaining or exceeding quality benchmarks in two areas of care measured in the Premier-CMS health care alliance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) pay-for-performance project. Texas Health Kaufman attained or exceeded benchmarks for the care of patients with heart failure and pneumonia.

“Health care consumers in Kaufman and surrounding areas should be proud to know the community hospitals that have served them for decades are recognized for continual improvements in quality,” said Texas Health Kaufman President Patsy Youngs. “These awards represent a lot of hard work and effort to continually raise the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve.”

Incentive payments were distributed to Texas Health hospitals between July 22 and Aug. 7. The Premier pay-for-performance project is one of many measurements Texas Health hospitals use to benchmark and improve quality. These results are from the fourth year of the HQID project. 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. Through the project, Premier collects a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from more than 250 hospitals across the country.

An analysis of mortality rates at hospitals participating in the project indicated that improvements made in the quality of care saved an estimated 4,700 heart attack patients nationwide during its first four years, according to Premier Inc. In addition, more than 1.5 million patients treated in five clinical areas at participating HQID hospitals received approximately 500,000 additional recommended evidence-based clinical quality measures, such as smoking cessation, discharge instructions and pneumococcal vaccination, during that same timeframe.

The average Composite Quality Scores (CQS), an aggregate of all quality measures within each clinical area, improved significantly between the inception of the program and the end of Year 4 in all five clinical focus areas:

  • From 87.5 percent to 96.3 percent for patients with heart attack;
  • From 84.8 percent to 98.5 percent for patients with coronary artery bypass graft;
  • From 64.5 percent to 92.2 percent for patients with heart failure;
  • From 69.3 percent to 92.6 percent for patients with pneumonia;
  • From 84.6 percent to 97.2 percent for patients with hip and knee replacement.

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 receive an additional incentive payment. The attainment median benchmark is the median level composite quality score from Year 2 of the project.
  • 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. Improvement is calculated based on the change in the hospital composite quality score in the performance year compared to two years prior.

All results from the quality demonstration project will be made public on the Web sites for Premier and CMS.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women’s services, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and pain management services. Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Kaufman.

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