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HealthInsight Quality Awards for 2016
Since the initiation in 2004, the HealthInsight Quality Awards have recognized providers who demonstrate high quality health care via the publicly reported quality measures. This is still the goal; however, over time the emphasis on process measures (core measures) does not seem to reflect the current healthcare environment. In order to more closely align with other national efforts to reform healthcare delivery, the criteria for the awards are flexing to support the nationwide priorities/trends. The awards are based on the publicly reported data on Hospital Compare.
Hospital HealthInsight Quality Award Criteria for 2016:
- HealthInsight calculates and publishes on our website national rankings based on hospitals' performance on inpatient and outpatient process of care measures and a national survey of patients' experience of hospital care.
- The process of care and survey ranks are combined into a single overall performance ranking, with the process of care measures contributing 30% and the survey results 70% to the overall rank. Previously, the rankings were based on 70% process of care measures and 30% HCAHPS.
- Hospitals at or above the 75th percentile nationally in this combined ranking receive a HealthInsight Quality Award.
In the future, outcome measures will become a part of the criteria as well as risk-adjusted HAIs, readmissions and risk-adjusted mortality. Other “best practices” such as patient and family advisory councils are potential criteria in the upcoming years. As a reminder, the awards are determined by data that is 9 to 21 months old. So, now is the time to begin efforts that will be reflected in future quality award determinations.
If you would like help on improving your hospital’s performance, HealthInsight would love to assist/support you in your efforts. And remember, that any assistance of a process improvement nature comes at no cost to you for HealthInsight services. Contact Linda Egbert, project manager, HealthInsight Utah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-892-6670 for assistance.
FREE Training Opportunity!
The Utah Department of Health grant to increase the number of Infection Preventionists (IPs) who are certified in Infection Prevention and Control is in process. The CIC review course to help prepare IPs to certify is finalized for 2016. It will be held on March 16-17, 2016 and a second course will be scheduled in September 2017. We are currently taking applications for interested parties. Please contact Linda Egbert if you or someone you know is interested.
As always, HealthInsight is here to support your work and can coordinate resources to impact your quality improvement efforts. If we can serve you in any way, please contact Linda Egbert.