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SRMC Awarded For Quality Care

Sonora, CA– The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized Sonora Regional Medical Center for delivering high quality care.


Based on year six results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project, the Medical Center received a total of five awards for Top Improvement and Attainment in the clinical areas of pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), and surgical care.


Due to its successes, the Medical Center will receive a bonus payment of $24,720 from CMS.


“We remain focused on improving the quality of care we provide our community,” said Julie Kline, RN, senior vice president of Patient Care Services. “We are pleased about this recognition from CMS and will continue to learn from and build on our successes.”


Attainment awards go to hospitals that attain or exceed the median composite quality score and receive incentive payments for this achievement. Top improvement is awarded to hospitals that are among the top 20 percent of hospitals with the largest percentage quality improvements in each clinical area. Top improvement hospitals are awarded additional incentive payments for this accomplishment.


HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. For HQID participating hospitals, average scores improved by 18.6 percent over the project’s six years.