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White River Medical receives state incentive

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The White River Medical Center received the inpatient quality incentive for two areas this year.

The hospital has been participating in the incentive program sponsored by Arkansas Medicaid for several years now. 

The program started in 2007 to encourage hospitals that are preforming well in certain areas. 

If a hospital meets the criteria set for a certain area, they are given money for their efforts as an incentive to keep up the work. 

White River Medical received the incentive for the obstetrics and tobacco areas. 

The hospital met a certain percentage of women breast feeding in the hospital that was required. 

The hospital also excelled in helping many patients to quit smoking while in the hospital and during outpatient care. 

The chief quality officer of White River Medical Gary Paxson said he is proud of the efforts made by the hospital so far, but they will need to keep excelling to get more incentives from the program. 

"The criteria changes from year to year and they get harder every year,"  Paxon said. "So if you improve one year, the bar goes up next year and so it's not a static thing."

Another area the program is looking to focus on is alcoholics getting help within the hospitals. 

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