Baylor College of Medicine has received a Gold TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award for improving patient outcomes in high-priority clinical areas while applying innovative strategies to advance quality healthcare.

The team from Baylor Medicine, the clinical operations arm of Baylor College of Medicine, is among 41 healthcare organizations in seven states and the territory of Puerto Rico to receive the award. The TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award is based on the four categories of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Merit-based Incentive Payment System: Quality Measures, Promoting Interoperability, Improvement Activities and Cost/Utilization. Practices were assessed on clinical outcome measures for the 2018 calendar year.

“Baylor Medicine is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients,” said Dr. James T. McDeavitt, senior vice president of clinical of affairs at Baylor College of Medicine. “Delivering quality care requires an ongoing commitment to assessing, testing and improving processes, and we’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to our patients and profession.”

TMF Health Quality Institute and Texas medical associations collaborated to introduce the award program in 2012 to recognize top-performing practices. TMF has since extended the program to include practices in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico.

The award criteria aligns with national health priorities established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve patient care and satisfaction and promote effective care management. Award recipients demonstrated how they have actively incorporated health information technology and strategies to promote patient engagement and improve the patient experience.

“Physicians and their clinics hold critical front-line roles in healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Gary W. Floyd, chair of the TMF Board of Trustees. “Improving healthcare involves multiple strategies – from applying new technologies, to developing programs that promote healthy living. Through coordinated and data-driven strategies, these physicians are making a difference in the lives of their patients and their communities.”

See more information about the TMF Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award and view the complete list of award recipients.