Texas Orthopedic Hospital has received the TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award from TMF(R) Health Quality Institute. The TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Award program is sponsored by TMF, the Arkansas Hospital Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Office of Rural Health, Texas Hospital Association and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.

The 2018 TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Award program is based on achievements in 2016 and 2017. It honors hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care.

"We are proud to have achieved this recognition. Our success illustrates our commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care," said Eric Becker, CEO of Texas Orthopedic Hospital. "It was a significant amount of work, but well worth it because it was the right thing to do for our patients."

Out of 557 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS or Acute Care) Hospitals and 188 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), 51 earned the TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award.

"TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals 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 Texas Orthopedic Hospital for their commitment to improving the health of patients and the efficiency of health care."

"Proven standards of care can dramatically improve outcomes," said Hussein Elkousy, M.D., President, Fondren Orthopedic Group. "We will continue our commitment to enhance our quality improvement efforts through collaboration with our partners and with TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every patient gets the right care at the right time, every time."

To earn the Gold Award, a PROSPECTIVE PAYMENT SYSTEM VBP-eligible hospital had to meet CY 2016 CMS VBP achievement thresholds for 85 percent of the eligible measures and at least 75 percent of Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) measures. In addition, Gold Award winners had to demonstrate 15-percent relative improvement in reduction of readmissions, or an absolute readmissions rate of 5 percent or less.

For more information on the awards program, see the TMF Health Quality Institute awards website at HTTPS://AWARD.TMF.ORG.