TMF Health Quality Institute plans to release the criteria for the next hospital awards cycle in the spring of 2020. Below is more information about the criteria for the current award cycle.
Any hospital in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma or Texas that demonstrates improvement and outstanding performance in quality data reporting and readmissions reduction over an 18 month time frame (April 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2017) will be recognized with a quality improvement award. All Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Acute Care hospitals, IPPS hospitals ineligible for Value Based Purchasing (VBP) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) are eligible to participate in the TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Award Program. There are three award categories: Gold, Silver or Bronze. Gold is the highest tier, and has the most stringent requirements, followed by Silver and then Bronze. Hospitals will receive year-end performance reports and a final report uploaded to their QualityNet inbox. The reports will outline the hospital’s performance to date in relation to the criteria developed and will indicate (at each point in time) if the hospital is on target to receive an award. Hospital registration is not required to participate in the award program.
IPPS Acute Care VBP Eligible Hospitals
Hospitals will be evaluated on quality measure data they report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Only measures that have sufficient reportable data will be included in the award evaluation. Participants must meet both the quality data reporting and readmissions goals to receive an award in this category. For further definition of the quality data reporting or readmissions goals, and to view the criteria including a description of the measure sets, download a copy of the criteria (PDF).
CAH or IPPS Hospitals Ineligible for VBP
Hospitals will be evaluated on quality measure data they report to CMS. Participants must report at least one measure set for Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) during the hospital measurement period and attain a relative improvement rate from baseline to remeasurement period for readmissions in accordance with the criteria. For further definition of the quality data reporting or readmissions goals, and to view the criteria, including a description of the measures, download a copy of the criteria (PDF).