Texas Health Stephenville Receives Two Awards From National Quality Incentive Project
12/03/2010

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for high performance in a national quality incentive project.

Texas Health Stephenville claimed two awards given to hospitals that attain or exceed the median composite quality score benchmark from two years prior. The hospital was awarded nearly $4,000 for its surgical care improvement and 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.

“This is just one example of how Texas Health hospitals are constantly striving to raise 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 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 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.

“Our employees and the physicians on our medical staff are dedicated to improving the care for each patient and projects like this one help us improve and measure ourselves against our peers,” said Christopher Leu, hospital president.

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

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

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 13 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 eight 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. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.