Tuesday, July 09, 2013
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital Receives IPRO Quality Award
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital was one of the thirteen “critical access” hospitals in NYS – that was named a recipient of a 2013 IPRO Quality Award. The awards, given annually by IPRO, recognize organizations and professionals that demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of care provided to New York’s Medicare beneficiaries. IPRO is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for New York State, and manages the state’s End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The awards were given during IPRO’s 29th Annual Meeting, June 4th at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel.
“These awardees have shown a major commitment to quality improvement,” says Clare B. Bradley MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, IPRO. “We applaud their achievements.”
Critical access hospitals are small facilities that provide outpatient services, as well as inpatient services on a limited basis, to people in rural areas. All of New York’s 13 critical access hospitals have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality improvement and to improving patient care. Each of the hospitals exceeded the reporting requirements to CMS for hospital inpatient and outpatient data. As a result, New York is the first state in which 100% of critical access hospitals successfully submitted one or more measures for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Data Report Program.
IPRO provides all Medicare-participating hospitals in New York State with technical assistance in order to facilitate reporting of inpatient and outpatient quality data to CMS.
Reporting of quality measure data to CMS is currently voluntary for critical access hospitals. One new quality measure for which New York’s critical access hospitals submitted data is called “emergency department throughput.” This group of quality measures looks at reducing the time that patients remain in the emergency department, which potentially improves access to care and treatment. New York’s critical access hospitals were also the first in the nation to submit Hospital Outpatient Quality Measure data, which includes measures of care for heart attack and chest pain and/or surgical care, to CMS.
“These hospitals continue to overcome challenges of rural and often remote locations, limited technical capabilities and small staff size to improve patient care and operations through networking with other hospitals and partners in the community,” says Dr. Bradley. “By engaging in quality improvement projects and internal activities to ensure better and safer patient care, the critical access hospitals have adopted best practices that may improve overall healthcare outcomes.”