Atlanta Medical Center has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. Atlanta Medical Center is one of 25 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Trustee category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from July 2012 to June 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 instance, 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. A suggested treatment for pneumonia is to administer an antibiotic within four hours of a patient’s arrival. 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 Atlanta Medical Center’s commitment to patient safety,” said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA. “Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”
“We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care,” said William T. Moore, chief executive officer of Atlanta Medical Center. “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.”
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About Atlanta Medical Center
Atlanta Medical Center is a 762-bed acute care hospital, with campuses in downtown Atlanta and East Point. It is the second largest licensed-bed hospital in Georgia and a Level 1 Trauma Center. A teaching hospital, Atlanta Medical Center is widely recognized for its women’s services program, including water births, and for outstanding performance in the treatment of stroke patients. The hospital’s weight‐loss program is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. To learn more about Atlanta Medical Center, a facility accredited by The Joint Commission, visit www.atlantamedcenter.com.
The Partnership for Health and Accountability, formed in January 2000 and sponsored by the Georgia Hospital Association, is a unique statewide collaborative that brings together health care providers with community agencies and individuals to achieve healthy communities. PHA includes representation from groups like hospitals, physicians, state health officials, legislators and businesses.