Hot Springs recognized for improving care

November 2, 2012

Mercy Hospital Hot Springs

Mercy Hospital Hot Springs has earned statewide recognition for “Its commitment to quality” with an award presented by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Hospital Association.

The award was presented for achieving the criteria for the Arkansas Medicaid Inpatient Quality Incentive Program (IQI). It includes aspects of care coordination, obstetrics, venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and prevention of surgical infection.

The requirements included meeting specific goals for the eight “quality measures,” which are specific aspects of care proven to improve outcomes for patients.

The IQI program was developed by Arkansas Medicaid, the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. It is the first pay-for-performance program in the nation for hospitals to include a validation component. Now in its sixth year, the IQI program has provided more than $26 million in bonus payments to Arkansas hospitals and has earned national recognition for its innovation and health care community involvement.

“Receiving an IQI award reflects a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” said Andy Allison, director of Arkansas Medicaid. “We appreciate the efforts … to improve outcomes for patients.”

Levels of achievement are based on compliance with the IQI quality indicators and submission of hospital data to the QualityNet Clinical Warehouse, a national repository that stores information about quality of care. The data comes from all health care payers, including Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.

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