An official presentation of an award was included in Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Gainesville Hospital District Board of Directors.
In late April, it was announced North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) in Gainesville was one of 36 facilities that received the “Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Bronze Award” from TMF Health Quality Institute.
The award plaque was brought to Tuesday’s meeting and shown to directors. This state award was intended to honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care. It recognizes those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.
The institute’s awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care related to heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These clinical areas have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
The awards also recognize hospitals that are active in quality improvement and have made the required improvement on a composite scoring system, called the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM). For acute care hospitals such as NTMC, the ACM consists of 27 quality indicators, including the categories of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. To earn the Bronze Award, NTMC had to achieve or maintain performance between 80 and 90 percent on the ACM scoring system, plus meet other awards requirements.
• The meeting also included approval of the hospital district’s participation in the “1115 Waiver” program. The program is a coordination of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission — a regional health partnership. It was designed to promote facility improvements such as better facility access, cost-effectiveness and coordination within the region’s geographical boundaries.