BMC recognized for quality
Apr 22, 2011 | 7409 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A number of hospitals and nursing homes in the Mississippi are being recognized by the state’s Medicare quality improvement organization, Information & Quality Healthcare, for outstanding performance in quality of care improvements in the delivery of care for Medicare beneficiaries.

Garden Park Hospital in Gulfport has received recognition for outstanding achievement in working with IQH under the 9th Scope of Work three-year contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that began in 2008. Garden Park Hospital achieved and maintained 100 percent in the patient safety clinical core measures that include quality standards for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. 

Statewide data also reflect that Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland and Calhoun County Health Services in Calhoun City have maintained 100 percent in their clinical core measures. 

IQH and partner providers such as Garden Park Hospital have focused on the themes of beneficiary protection, prevention and patient safety. IQH staff has worked closely with other selected hospitals in efforts to reduce rates of healthcare associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, providing support, tools and resources.    

Nursing homes especially recognized for outstanding performance in being restraint free include Choctaw County Nursing Center, Ackerman; Ashland Health & Rehabilitation, Ashland; Shady Lawn Health & Rehabilitation, Vicksburg; Jones County Rest Home, Ellisville; and Comfort Care of Laurel. Twenty-six nursing homes in Mississippi worked toward significantly reducing physical restraint usage, exceeding targeted improvement goals and achieving a 34 percent improvement. Reducing pressure ulcer rates has been a focus in 21 nursing homes, with a 30.5 percent improvement rate realized, exceeding quality improvement goals.

Seventeen selected physician practices working with IQH have begun using their electronic health records to improve their patient prevention quality measures for breast and colorectal cancer screening as well as influenza and pneumonia vaccinations.

A special disparities project, Mississippi Health First, focuses on providing diabetes self-management education to underserved Medicare beneficiaries. The project represents collaboration with federal and non-federal partners to provide diabetes self-management education and includes working with 72 primary care physicians. Through this project, IQH has provided education to nearly 1,000 Mississippian Medicare beneficiaries.

IQH staff reviews quality of care concerns made by Medicare beneficiaries through case review, discharge appeals and complaint processes, with efforts meeting or exceeding CMS targets in such measures as review timeliness and customer satisfaction.

IQH has worked closely with prescribers across the state to reduce the number of potentially inappropriate medications prescribed to Mississippi’s Medicare beneficiaries and to reduce the number of prescriptions that could lead to drug-to-drug interactions. 

As the federally designated quality improvement organization for the state working under contract with CMS, IQH has provided expertise, direction, and resources to Mississippi hospitals, nursing homes, physician clinics, and protection to Medicare beneficiaries for over 37 years. For more information, visit or call 1-800-844-0500 ext. 209.