Red River Regional Hospital Receives Quality Improvement Award
Red River Regional Hospital was awarded the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas in Austin Texas on June 11, 2014. The Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award program, sponsored by TMF, Texas Hospital Association and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures. This program was established in 2004 as a non-competitive recognition program designed to recognize exemplary outcomes achieved by hospitals statewide.
The 2014 Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Awards, based on achievements in 2012 and 2013, honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.
"We are proud to have achieved this recognition. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care," said David Conejo, CEO. "It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients."
Out of all 313 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS or Acute Care) Hospitals and 80 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) statewide, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin on June 11.
"TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture," said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. "Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Red River Regional Hospital for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state."
"Proven standards of care can save lives," said William Kiefer, Chief Clinical Officer. "We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners and with TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets the right care at the right time, every time."
To earn the Gold Award, a Prospective Payment System VBP-eligible hospital had to meet FY 2013 CMS VBP achievement thresholds for 100 percent of the eligible measures, were required to meet the 2010 national median threshold for at least 60 percent of submitted chart-abstracted Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) measures and were required to meet the 2010 national benchmark threshold for at least one OQR measure. In addition, Gold Award winners had to demonstrate 20 percent relative improvement in reduction of readmissions during the award evaluation period, or an absolute readmissions rate of 9 percent or lower.
Gold Award winners had to attain an aggregate ACM score of 95-100 percent for designated IQR measures, were required to meet the 2010 national median threshold for at least 60 percent of submitted chart-abstracted OQR measures and had to meet the 2010 national benchmark threshold for at least one OQR measure. In addition, Gold Award winners had to demonstrate a 20 percent relative improvement in the reduction of hospital readmissions during the evaluation period, or an absolute readmissions rate of 9 percent or lower.
For the award evaluation, Critical Access Hospitals were evaluated on the reporting of at least one Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) measure set, as well as the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM) score. The ACM for Critical Access Hospitals focused on indicators for heart failure and pneumonia. The ACM is a composite score that captures whether a patient received all the care he or she was eligible to receive. The ACM score is a measure of how often the hospital gets it right.
Gold Award winners were required to report at least one measure set for both IQR and OQR programs during the hospital award period (Q2 2012 through Q3 2013) and had to attain an aggregate ACM score of 95-100 percent on specified clinical measures focused on heart failure and pneumonia.
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