Published on January 21, 2016

Parkview Medical Center Significantly Improves Safety

Safety is a primary concern at Parkview Medical Center where strides are made daily to improve the quality and safety of care provided. This was recognized recently by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the Affordable Health Care Act, hospitals are penalized by a reduction in their Medicare reimbursement for having high infection rates or other patient safety problems. CMS recently released the 2015 data that identified 758 hospitals nationwide that will see their Medicare payments reduced by 1% in 2016. Parkview was not on the list.

            In 2014, 754 hospitals, out of more than three thousand nationwide, including 14 Colorado hospitals were penalized financially by CMS for patient safety concerns. Parkview Medical Center was one of two local hospitals penalized. Considerable improvements in patient safety have been made over the last year in Colorado.

            Through a rather complicated calculation, hospitals receive an overall score between one and ten; one being the best, ten being the worst. In 2014, hospitals receiving a score of seven or higher were penalized. In 2015, CMS raised the bar and the threshold score was set at 6.75. Hospitals receiving a score higher than 6.75, will be penalized.

            Parkview has made significant improvements over the last 18 months enhancing patient safety as well as avoiding appearance on the list of hospitals that will be penalized in 2016. “Parkview’s 2015 score shows significant improvement,” explained Dr. Greg Bowman, Parkview’s Chief Quality Officer. “We have continued opportunity to improve and to do so as quickly as possible to make sure our patients are the safest we can make them in our hospital.”

            In addition to significant reduction with infection rates, Parkview also demonstrated marked improvement in readmission rates and other aspects of patient care measured by CMS. 

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.