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AMMC Receives Bonus Performance Payment from Arkansas Medicaid and the AFMC

Shay Willis September 17, 2015

Arkansas Medicaid and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) have released $3.7 million in performance bonus payments to 24 Arkansas hospitals as part of the Inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) program. Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould is one of the 24 hospitals to receive the award.

            This year, IQI recognized hospitals that showed improvement in early elective delivery; exclusive breast milk feeding; cesarean section: nulliparous women; tobacco use screening; tobacco use treatment provided or offered; tobacco use treatment provided or offered at discharge and childbirth less than or at 32 weeks gestation. Hospitals were required to meet specific goals for at least 80 percent of eligible measures. 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 more than $35,000,000 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 reflective of the staff’s commitment to quality and
providing care that is based on medical research. The program financially rewards our compliance in meeting specific goals that have been proven to help patients have better outcomes. When the program was implemented in 2007, a team of professionals at AMMC formed a committee to ensure all the expectations were being met. This group continues to meet to ensure compliance. The governing board and administrative team are proud of the staff for the providing excellent care.”   

            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, AFMC has worked to improve the health of Arkansans. AFMC’S mission statement is to promote excellence in health and health care through education and evaluation. For more information about AFMC, visit their website at