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Texas Health Kaufman Receives National Recognition for Quality Care

KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for high performance in a national quality incentive project.

Texas Health Kaufman was recognized for the treatment of patients suffering from heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), and pneumonia — three of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The hospital was also recognized for quality care of surgical patients.

“We’re very proud that through evidence-based medicine and a commitment to putting patients first, we have been able to continually improve the quality of care we provide,” said Dr. Mark Sij, Texas Health Kaufman’s chief quality officer. “This is exciting for all the clinicians and employees here who come to work every day to improve the lives of the people in our community.”

In the care of pneumonia and heart failure patients, Texas Health Kaufman met the high benchmark standards of the CMS quality project. For heart attack care and surgical care, Texas Health Kaufman was named a Top Improver.

For achieving the quality measures, Texas Health Kaufman will receive $12,174 in incentives payments. It’s one of 12 Texas Health hospitals across the Metroplex receiving a total of $510,000 in financial awards from CMS.

“This is just one example of how Texas Health hospitals are constantly raising the bar for the quality of care we provide to the communities we serve,” said Texas Health Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE.

Last year, Texas Health Kaufman attained or exceeded benchmarks for the care of patients with heart failure and pneumonia.

“The results this year show that quality improvement is growing in other areas as well, with recognition for surgical care and heart attack care,” said Patsy Youngs, president of Texas Health Kaufman. “It’s really rewarding because of all the hard work that goes into providing quality, compassionate care.”

The awards are based on fifth-year results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration, a value-based purchasing project sponsored by CMS and the Premier healthcare alliance, which rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in six clinical areas.

Incentive payments were distributed to Texas Health hospitals in early October. Texas Health has participated in the HQID project since its inception in October 2003. It’s the only national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. Hospitals participating in the project have three opportunities to receive financial incentives:

  • Top Performer Award – The top 20 percent of hospitals in each clinical area receive an additional incentive payment.
  • Attainment Performance Award – Hospitals that attain or exceed the median benchmark from two years prior receive an incentive payment.
  • Top Improvement Award – Hospitals that attain median level performance and are among the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage quality improvements in each clinical area receive an additional incentive payment.

All results from the quality demonstration project will be made public on the websites for Premier and for CMS this week.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in six additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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