MMH Receives Safety-Net Hospital Quality Award from HHSC

Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH) is proud to be one of 48 hospitals recognized by The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for outstanding performance in the Hospital Quality-Based PPR and PPC Program.

MMH received the Safety-Net Hospital Quality Award for performance during state fiscal year 2014 on Potentially Preventable Events in Texas Medicaid, specifically Potentially Preventable Readmissions. In addition to money awarded, Midland Memorial Hospital will also receive an official quality award commendation letter from the Health and Human Services Commission.

Potentially preventable events are encounters, which could be prevented, that lead to unnecessary services or contribute to poor quality of care. They are: 

  • Potentially preventable emergency room visit (PPV): Emergency treatment for a condition that could have been treated or prevented by a physician or other health care provider in a nonemergency setting.
  • Potentially preventable hospital readmission (PPR): A return hospitalization, within a set time, that might have resulted from problems in care during a previous hospital stay or from deficiencies in a post-hospital discharge follow-up.
  • Potentially preventable hospital admission (PPA): A hospital admission or long-term care (LTC) facility stay that might have been reasonably prevented with adequate access to ambulatory care or health care coordination.
  • Potentially preventable complication (PPC): A harmful event or negative outcome, such as an infection or surgical complication, that occurs after a hospital admission or an LTC facility stay and might have resulted from care, lack of care or treatment during the admission or stay.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) collects data on potentially preventable events and uses it to improve quality and efficiency through programs like this.

Midland Memorial Hospital has made great strides in recent years to improve several quality outcomes and metrics, such as the potentially preventable events. We are honored that the hard work has been recognized by our partners at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.