The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized Taylorville Memorial Hospital for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care, during a ceremony held Nov. 18 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.
As part of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s (FORHP’s) Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP), Taylorville Memorial Hospital and other critical access hospitals were asked to voluntarily participate in four defined domains of quality outcomes. These four domains were Patient Safety/Inpatient, Patient Engagement, Care Transitions and Outpatient Measures.
“Often, in rural hospitals, having a devoted staff member to abstract and submit this data can be both time-consuming and burdensome,” said Laura Fischer, ICAHN Flex grant project manager. “This hospital realizes how important quality of care and an engaged staff are for its patients. ... From its top leadership on throughout the facility, each strives for continued quality on a daily basis, and that is what we are celebrating today.”
Taylorville Memorial Hospital was recognized for being in the top 10% of all critical access hospitals in the country for exceptional outpatient quality of care. Specifically, this Outpatient Measures Domain included quality of care in the emergency department’s throughput measures as well as acute myocardial infarction measures.
“We are very proud of our team for achieving this level of excellence in health quality,” said Kim Bourne, president and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. “This is truly a team effort that recognizes our dedication to delivering a health care experience of which our patients and staff can be proud.”
The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program began in 2011 as a way for critical access hospitals to demonstrate the quality of care that they provide. This program has continued to evolve, adding new measures and removing outdated ones. In 2016, FORHP deemed it necessary for critical access hospitals to participate in at least one measure of one domain to receive Flex funding opportunities. Each year, FORHP has increased the level at which the hospital must participate to remain Flex fund eligible.
ICAHN, located in Princeton, is a network of 57 small rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural health care and administers several state, federal and private health care programs.