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Billings Clinic on Thursday will receive the Commitment to Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the plenary session of MHA ... An Association of Health Care Providers’ Annual Convention and Trade Show in Billings.

The 2012 Hospital Quality Awards reflect increased expectations of patient and family engagement and top performance on nationally recognized quality indicators. Changes throughout the organization are also considered, as well as strong leadership support, since it is a vital characteristic for achieving and sustaining improvements in patient care.

“The face of health care is changing. In addition to having to stretch their dollars to pay for ever-expanding increases in premiums, deductibles and co-pays, people are hearing more and more about how hospitals are subjecting patients to harm as a result of the treatments they receive,” said Christy Fuller, director of Mountain-Pacific’s Montana office. “Rightfully, they expect the care they receive to not only be the best, but the safest. The quality awards demonstrate to communities that their hospitals are taking a serious approach to ensuring high-quality health care and to alleviating and possibly eliminating certain instances of harm,” she said.

All Montana hospitals are eligible to apply for hospital quality awards.

Mountain-Pacific is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska and works under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to promote proven best practices and transform the way health care is delivered.

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