Mountain States Health Alliance has been awarded the 2012 National Quality Healthcare Award. It is the 19th recipient of the annual award and the first health care organization in Tennessee to receive the award.
The National Quality Forum made the announcement Tuesday. The award will be presented at the NQF Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in the spring.
“I think what it recognizes is we have made considerable improvements with respect to the quality that we offer to the residents of this area. ... This is the first really large recognition we’ve received at the national level,” Mountain States President and CEO Dennis Vonderfecht said.
NQF presents the award annually to an exemplary health care organizations that has achieved a number of quality-focused goals and achievements.
The award was created in 1993.
Each year, the recipient is selected by a panel made up of national health care experts who represent purchasers, government, health systems, clinicians and consumers.
Vonderfecht said the award criteria changes annually. This year’s focus was on the triple aim for accountable care organizations, which is to provide patient-centered care and achieving better health outcomes at lower costs.
Additionally, Vonderfecht said the national organization was pleased with Mountain States’ principles that drive its patient-centered care, blueprint process and transparency — all of which has led to a better quality of care.
“I know every type of survey team or accrediting organization that comes through here always comments about how our team talks about patient-centered care and relate their activities for the benefit of the patients, so I think this is just a recognition of that fact by receiving this award,” he said.