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AMMC Receives More Than $91,000 Through State Medicaid Program

Shay Willis October 5, 2012

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center was recently recognized by the Arkansas Medicaid Program as one of the hospitals in the state to receive monetary awards through the state’s Medicaid Inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) Program. To qualify for the 2012 incentive payments, AMMC had to achieve the threshold measures set by the program to improve the care and treatment of patients. The measures included the treatment of ensuring appropriate instructions at discharge; making sure patients receive prevention treatment for the risk of blood clots and increasing the number of mothers who choose to breastfeed. In addition, the hospital was also required to receive validation on data submitted by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care through an evaluation process.

For the state’s 2011 fiscal year, which covers dates from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, AMMC received a first quarterly payment of $91, 118. Over the last six years of the program’s existence, more than $540,000 has been awarded to the hospital for meeting specified quality of care standards.

The IQI Program was developed through a partnership between Arkansas Medicaid, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) and the Arkansas Hospital Association. The first bonus payments were awarded in 2007. Providing financial incentives for hospitals to improve specific aspects of care targeted by the IQI not only results in better treatment for patients, but lowers overall healthcare costs by preventing the need for more expensive services. The IQI has received national recognition for its innovation and has positioned Arkansas as a leader in national Medicaid pay-for-performance efforts.
According to Chief Nursing Officer Lana Williams, RN, BSN, CPHQ, "Achieving such recognition from the state is very rewarding to the entire staff who work very diligently every day to ensure our patients receive not only kind, compassionate care, but also care that is supported by evidence to provide better outcomes. At Arkansas Methodist Hospital Corporation, the governing board, the administrative staff, the hospital staff, the physicians and our Home Health Agency are all dedicated to providing safe, quality, compassionate healthcare."