Public Recognition of Hospitals’ Commitment to Patient Care
The Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards recognize Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and have improved their performance on specific national quality measures. Hospitals nominated themselves to participate in the program in September 2010, and over the course of 12 months worked to improve the quality of care indicated by the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM). Out of 214 participating Texas hospitals, 2 hospitals met the criteria to receive the Gold Award, 129 hospitals met the criteria to receive the silver award, and 36 met the criteria to receive the bronze award. For a Gold Award, a hospital had to achieve an ACM score of 90–100 percent as well as achieve better than the national rate for at least one mortality measure and one readmission measure and meet all other requirements. For a Silver Award, a hospital had to achieve an ACM score of 90–100 percent and meet all other requirements. For a Bronze Award, a hospital had to achieve an ACM score of 80–89 percent and meet all other requirements.
Other requirements of the awards program included having mortality and readmission scores not worse than national rate and submitting the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) data. (Data for mortality rates and HCAHPS are not available for critical access hospitals and, therefore, were not part of the awards criteria for these hospitals.) To earn an award, hospitals had to demonstrate significant improvement on all 27 of the quality measures that make up the Appropriate Care Measure (10 for critical access hospitals).
View the 2010 - 2011 Award Recipients and photos.
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