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November 24, 2013

Alliance Health Center earns top honors

MERIDIAN —     Alliance Health Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

    "Alliance Health Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions," according to an agency press release.

    New this year for the inpatient psychiatric services is admission screening for violence risk, substance abuse, psychological trauma history and patient strengths completed.

    Alliance Health Center is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

    Alliance Health Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: hours of physical restraint use, hours of seclusion use, multiple antipsychotic medications at discharge, multiple antipsychotic medications at discharge with appropriate justification, post discharge continuing care plan created, and  post discharge continuing care plan transmitted to next level of care provider upon discharge.

    The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and it represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

    Alliance Health Center and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

    A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities.

    “Alliance Health Center and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

    “We understand that what matters most to patients at Alliance Health Center is safe, effective care. That’s why Alliance Health Center has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Alliance Health Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” said James Miller, CEO.

    In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Alliance Health Center will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.

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