Northwest Texas Health System Ranked Among Top 10% of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities in US

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Northwest Texas Health System is pleased to announce that it ranked in the top 10 percent of 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified for ranking in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for cases discharged between January and September of 2019.

"This recognition is a tribute to the professional and exemplary staff at Northwest focused on providing quality care to our patients," stated Ryan Chandler, CEO of Northwest Texas Healthcare System.

The rankings were determined using UDSMR’s program evaluation model (PEM), a case mix-adjusted and severity-adjusted tool that provides facilities with a composite performance score and percentile ranking drawn from nearly three-quarters of all IRFs in the country. UDSMR’s PEM Report Card uses the indicators of efficiency and effectiveness contained in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ reporting tool for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS). The goal of the PEM Report Card is to recognize high-performing facilities for their delivery of quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered.

"To recognize the efficient and effective care it provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to Northwest Texas Healthcare System,” said Troy Hillman, Manager of the Analytical Services Group at UDSMR. "As the creator and caretaker of the nation’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with over 30 years of experience and data, UDSMR continues working with the industry to establish best practices. The PEM Report Card has served as a tool for identifying and recognizing high-performing facilities, working with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care and sharing what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with Northwest Texas Healthcare System and the other top-performing facilities across the country that rank in the top 10 percent to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities."

This is the 13th year that UDSMR has issued these awards. The PEM Report Card was developed as part of a proactive solution to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 recommendation to Congress that every Medicare provider be reimbursed on a pay-for-performance basis. The data used for this report was based on nine months of 2019 data drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each facility was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the other qualifying IRF subscribers in UDSMR’s database. The resulting distribution of the facility PEM scores for UDSMR’s IRF subscribers exhibited a normal distribution.