More than $2.6 million in performance bonus payments were made to 13 Arkansas hospitals for the 2014 IQI program. Since the IQI program began in 2007, Arkansas Medicaid has awarded $31 million to hospitals that have participated in the program and successfully improved care.
Through the IQI program, Arkansas hospitals have reduced their rates of non-medically indicated early elective deliveries of newborns by 92% since 2010. “These 13 hospitals have shown outstanding commitment to improving the quality of care delivered to their patients,” Arkansas Medicaid Director Dawn Stehle said. “Through their efforts, and the efforts of other hospitals participating in the IQI program, real progress has been made in achieving Arkansas Medicaid’s population health priorities.”
This program reflects a growing movement toward rewarding hospitals for commitment to quality and providing evidence-based care to their patients.