Texas Health Resources Hospitals Receive Financial Awards for Quality
11/16/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health hospitals across the Metroplex will receive financial awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for high performance in a national quality incentive project.

The Texas Health hospitals participating in the project will receive 70 awards totaling $510,000. Across the U.S., CMS awarded about $12 million to 225 hospitals.

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.

“This is just one example of how Texas Health hospitals are constantly raising the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve,” said Texas Health Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE.

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

“HQID was created to test the impact of economic incentives on quality,” said Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier, a healthcare quality and cost improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 70,000 other healthcare sites. “As CMS prepares to implement value-based purchasing for all hospitals as required by the Affordable Care Act, HQID participants will have six years experience with such a model.”

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 composite quality score benchmark from two years prior 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.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano received a total of $113,434 in awards — 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.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne claimed Top Performer awards for heart attack care, pneumonia care and surgical care improvement, and an attainment award for heart failure care.

Other notable awards included:

  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth – Top Improver for coronary artery bypass surgery.
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman – Top Improver for heart attack care and surgical care improvement.
  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital – Top Improver in heart failure care and surgical care improvement.
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB – Top Improver in surgical care improvement.
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Fort Worth – Top Improver in surgical care improvement.
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle – Top Improver in surgical care improvement.

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

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in six additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.