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Texas Health Hospitals Receive Financial Awards for Quality

Monday September 21, 2009
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Texas Health hospitals will receive financial awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for performing well in a national quality incentive project, according to a news release.

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 healthcare alliance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration pay-for-performance project. The areas of care measured in the national project are: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and hip and knee surgical services.

Texas Health hospitals in Cleburne, Azle, and Plano all achieved Top Performer awards for heart failure care and for overall performance in the demonstration. Texas Health Dallas and Fort Worth both achieved attainment awards in every clinical area measured.

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. 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. All results from the quality demonstration project will be made public on the Web sites for Premier and CMS.