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Texas Health Allen Receives Financial Awards in National Quality Performance Project|
ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has received three performance awards as measured by a national quality incentive project. Texas Health Allen and other Texas Health hospitals across North Texas will receive financial awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for performing well in the fourth year of the national program.
Texas Health Allen received “Attainment Performer” and “Top Improver” awards in the categories of heart failure and pneumonia.
“We are proud of these significant achievements, and even prouder of the employees at Texas Health Allen who demonstrate their commitment to excellence and quality for our patients each and every day,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “These quality performance awards are the result of a continual team effort that enlists the skills and expertise of employees across the hospital and the physicians on our medical staff. Seeing our rates increase against our peers shows us that our team-based approach is working.”
The 12 Texas Health hospitals participating in the project will receive 56 awards totaling $363,801. Each of the hospitals attained or exceeded quality benchmarks in one or more areas of care measured in the Premier-CMS health care alliance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) pay-for-performance project.
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.
“Health care consumers across North Texas should be proud to know the community hospitals that have served them for decades are recognized for continual improvements in quality,” said Texas Health Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE. “These awards represent a lot of hard work and effort across our health care system to continually raise the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve.”
The incentive payment was expected to be distributed to Texas Health Allen by 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.
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:
Hospitals participating in the project have three opportunities to receive financial incentives:
All results from the quality demonstration project will be made public on the Web sites for Premier and CMS.
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