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AMMC Receives Quality Award from Arkansas Medicaid and AFMC

Shay Willis October 28, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) have released $2,020,609 in performance bonus payments to 16 Arkansas hospitals as part of the Inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) program. Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould is one of the 16 hospitals to receive the award. This is the seventh year that IQI has presented the incentive payments to hospitals and AMMC is one of few hospitals that has met the criteria for payment every year of the program’s existence.

            This year, IQI recognized hospitals that showed improvement in care coordination, obstetrics, and prevention of venous thromboembolism, or blood clots in the veins. Hospitals were required to meet specific goals for at least 80 percent of eligible measures, including offering treatment for tobacco use and reducing the number of elective early deliveries. The measures were selected by the IQI advisory board, AFMC and Arkansas Medicaid.

            IQI offers performance bonus payments to hospitals that improve the quality of patient care according to the Arkansas Medicaid Program’s clinical priorities. The priorities are based on clinical data, including research, best clinical practices and emerging health care evidence. Since the IQI program began in 2007, Arkansas Medicaid has awarded a total of $28.4 million to hospitals that have participated in the program and successfully improved care. Over the last six years, clinical priorities have included pneumonia, heart failure, surgical infection prevention, venous thromboembolism prevention, obstetrics and transitions of care for Arkansas Medicaid patients.

According to AMMC Chief Nursing Officer Lana Williams, RN, MSN, CPHQ, “Achieving this recognition from the state is very rewarding to the staff who work diligently every day to ensure patients receive the quality healthcare they are seeking.  The governing board and administrative staff are proud of all of the employees of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center for achieving this accomplishment.” 

            The Arkansas Hospital Association, Arkansas Medicaid and AFMC worked together to develop the IQI program, which has earned national attention for its innovative involvement with the health care community. This program reflects a growing movement toward rewarding hospitals for commitment to quality and providing evidence-based care to their patients.

For more than 40 years, through utilization review, quality improvement projects and public education, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care has worked to improve the health of Arkansans. AFMC’S mission statement is to promote excellence in health and health care through evaluation and education. For more information about AFMC, visit their website at