THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano Receives the
Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award
Plano, TX -- THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano recently received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence from TMF® Health
Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. TMF established the awards program in partnership with The Texas
Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.
Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient
care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.
The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), 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 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, the ACM consists of 24 quality indicators: eight AMI, four heart failure,
seven pneumonia and five surgical care measures. Critical access hospitals used an ACM score based on 11 quality indicators: four heart failure
and seven pneumonia measures.
These CMS/Joint Commission priority areas were targeted because they measure care for common, serious health conditions that affect all adult
patients. The quality measures--such as an initial antibiotic dose within four hours of admission for patients with pneumonia--are designed to ensure
hospitals provide care consistent with current medical guidelines.