Local Hospital Receives Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award
Medical City Lewisville has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. 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 Ashley McClellan, chief executive officer. “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 Medical City Lewisville 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 Sue Cobb, vice president of quality resources. “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 Silver Award, Medical City Lewisville had to meet FY 2013 CMS Value Based Purchasing achievement thresholds for 90 percent of the eligible measures and was required to meet the 2010 national median threshold for at least 60 percent of submitted chart-abstracted Outpatient Quality Reporting. In addition, Silver Award winners had to demonstrate 15 percent relative improvement in reduction of readmissions during the award evaluation period, or an absolute readmissions rate of 9 percent to 12 percent.
For more information on the awards program, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards website at http://award.tmf.org.