West Georgia Health has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll, one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Trustee category, one of the highest on the list.
“We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care,” said Jerry Fulks, West Georgia Health president and CEO. “This honor validates that and is a tribute to the dedication of the staff members who ensure that great patient care is made even better.”
The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from October 2012 to September 2013.
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 example, 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. 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.
“We are pleased to recognize West Georgia Health’s commitment to patient safety,” GHA President Earl Rogers said. “Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”