South Texas Providers Recognized for Work Improving Quality of Health Care in Lower Rio Grande Valley
49 Honored for Increasing Communication, Coordination of Care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Austin, TX (May 11, 2011) – Forty-nine Texas health care providers received recognition from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas, at a special celebration on May 11, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn, South Padre Island. Providers were acknowledged for performing quality initiatives aimed at improving communication and coordination of care as patients move from one health care setting to another.
“To achieve this recognition, providers collaborated with others in the community to improve communication and coordination as patients transitioned from one care setting to another,” said Jennifer Markley, RN, BSN, Senior Director for Quality Improvement, TMF Health Quality Institute. “The work of these facilities illustrates their commitment to improving the quality of health care in South Texas.”
The initiatives were part of the National Care Transitions Project, a program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with the goal of reducing avoidable 30-day hospital readmissions.
According to an April 2, 2009 study in The New England Journal of Medicine, one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of a hospital stay, resulting in hospital costs totaling $17.4 billion. Even more distressing, up to 76 percent of those hospital readmissions may be preventable, says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC 2007). Beyond cost considerations, rehospitalization can be emotionally and physically difficult for patients and their families.
On May 11, 2011, TMF paid tribute to South Texas providers who met or exceeded the National Care Transitions Project quality improvement goal of reducing avoidable 30-day hospital readmission rates and recognized everyone who participated in the project. In addition, TMF presented a special award to the health care provider in specific categories that achieved the most improvement in reduction of avoidable 30-day readmission rates between January and March 2011. Categories for the special award included skilled nursing facility, home health agency or hospice, hospital and inpatient rehabilitation facility. The names of the honored health care providers are listed below.
Medicare claims data shows that providers in the community significantly reduced the avoidable 30-day readmission rate, per 1,000 eligible beneficiaries, by 15 percent between March 2008 and September 2010. Providers accomplished this by improving the quality of patient care, providing better education to patients and families at discharge and improving communication between health care providers at the time of patient transition.
Out of the 49 participating providers, 31 met or exceeded the project goal and 18 additional providers were presented with certificates for participating in the project. One provider from each category—skilled nursing facility, home health agency or hospice, hospital and inpatient rehabilitation facility—was recognized for most improvement achieved during the first three months of 2011.
“TMF is proud to recognize these health care providers for promoting quality improvement activities, and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process and we thank all of these South Texas providers for their commitment to improving the health of the community and the efficiency of health care in our state.”
To learn more about this quality improvement initiative in Texas, see the TMF Health Quality Institute website at http://caretransitions.tmf.org.
Certificate of Achievement
Amigo Home Health Agency
APC Home Health Services, Inc.
A Touch Home Health Care, Ltd.
Balli Home Health, Inc.
BRM Home Health, PLLC
Brownsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Caring For You Home Health, Inc.
D'Oro Home Health Services
Ebony Lake Healthcare Center
Golden Palms Retirement and Health Center
Healing Angel Health Care, Inc.
Health Care Unlimited, Inc.
House Calls Homebased Health Care
IMS Home Health
La Hacienda Healthcare
Med Team, Inc.
Mother of Perpetual Help NH, Inc.
Nurses That Care Home Health
Pace Health Care, Inc.
Palm Valley Health Care
Retama Manor - Weslaco
Retama Manor Nursing Center/Harlingen
Salud en su Hogar
Sunglo Home Health Services, Inc.
Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville
Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen
Valley Baptist Home Health, an Amedisys Partner
Valley Baptist Rehabilitation Services
Valley Care Home Health Services, LLC
Weslaco Rehab Hospital
Certificate of Participation
A Healing Touch Home Health
Border Home Health, Inc.
Con Brazosbiertos Home Health
Friends Health Care Services, Inc.
Halo Home Health LLC
Harlingen Medical Center
Harlingen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Knapp Medical Center
Knapp Medical Center Hospice
Millennium Comfort Home Health Care
Palm Valley Health Care II
Rio Home Care
Su Clinica Familiar
TCM Health Care, Inc.
Valley Grande Manor - Weslaco
Valley Regional Medical Center
Weslaco Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Most Improved Over the First Three Months of 2011
Harlingen Medical Center – in the hospital category
Salud en su Hogar – in the home health agency or hospice category
Valley Grande Manor-Weslaco – in the skilled nursing facility category
Valley Baptist Rehabilitation Services – in the inpatient rehabilitation facility category
TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients.