Doctors Hospital Tops The List In Georgia For Quality of Care
July 18, 2012
Augusta, GA – Doctors Hospital is proud to announce that it has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Chairman’s Honor Roll.
Doctors Hospital is one of 17 hospitals in the state of Georgia to be placed in the Chairman’s category, the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from January 2011 to December 2011.
This recognition shows the commitment by the staff at Doctors Hospital to ensure that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.
How did Doctors Hospital make the list?
Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.
For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. A suggested treatment for pneumonia is to administer an antibiotic within four hours of a patient’s arrival. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.
“It is our mission to ensure that each patient that comes through the doors at Doctors Hospital receives the right care at the right time. The recognition by the Georgia Hospital Association is a great indicator that we are achieving the highest standards of patient care,” said Doug Welch, Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital. “This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are constantly working to make excellent care even better.”