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UTMB Health earns Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award for notable gains in patient care and treatment

Aug 3, 2012, 11:42 AM by Melissa Harman

TMFTMF Health Quality Institute recently announced that UTMB Health had won a Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award by achieving gains in key clinical areas that align with national health care priorities.

TMF Health Quality Institute--the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas--established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. The award recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities.

Hospitals voluntarily participate in the non-competitive program and agree to focus on making improvements in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Improvement in these areas has been designated a priority for U.S. health care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

For acute care hospitals such as UTMB, awards are calculated based on quality scores in 27 areas: 7 for heart attack, 4 for heart failure, 6 for pneumonia and 10 for surgical care measures.

UTMB’s improvement score, based on 12 months of data, earned a bronze medal. 167 Texas hospitals were recognized this year. For details on this quality improvement initiative, visit