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Southwest Georgia Hospitals Make Georgia Hospital Association Honor Roll

Albany, GA

ALBANY — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe North in Albany, as well as other facilities in Southwest Georgia, have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll.

The latest honor roll available from GHA shows that Phoebe is one of roughly 20 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, putting them in the top 30 percent. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The other categories are Chairman and Trustee, which make up for the top 5 percent and top 15 percent, respectively. Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla, Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie and Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton made it into the Chairman category for the honor roll. Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville and Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus made the Trustee category, the latest honor roll said.

A description of the honor roll from www.gha.org states that the concept of an honor roll was established in 2007. GHA completed work with the Top Ten Program and CMS initiated pay for performance. The GHA Board of Trustees charged the Best Practice Subcommittee to develop a new methodology to ensure the continuation of the honor roll. The new Core Measure Honor Roll includes more than the eight appropriate care measures, and now encompasses Value Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures and the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) core measures.

The new GHA Core Measure Honor Roll includes 139 Georgia hospitals, an increase from the previous honor roll. Officials from GHA say it incorporates more critical access hospitals and small rural hospitals. The honor roll also contains acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia and SCIP measures. The score on the honor roll is a composite score containing only the measures submitted by the hospitals.

This composite-type scoring has no penalty for not submitting all core measures, the GHA says.

Officials say hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of 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 more information visit www.gha.org.

By Jennifer Parks, The Albany Herald

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