Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - STPH Recognized as Top Inpatient Rehab Facility

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Ranks
in Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitation
Facilities in the United States


COVINGTON - St. Tammany Parish Hospital is pleased to announce that it ranked in the top 10 percent of 789 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr) in 2012.


The rankings were determined by 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).


“Our results show that STPH inpatient rehabilitation is providing patient care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered,” said Louise Dill, department head for STPH inpatient rehabilitation. “STPH staff is committed to establishing and executing best practices to provide patients with high quality car. It is exciting to know that UDSmr will share our PEM Report Card results with other hospitals in the country to help improve patient services.”


This is the seventh 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 12 months of 2012 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 0 to 100 relative to the other qualifying IRF subscribers in UDSmr’s database. The resultant distribution of the facility PEM scores for UDSmr’s IRF subscribers exhibited a normal distribution.


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A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.