The Dr. Jose T. Villagomez Dialysis Center remains in full compliance with all standards of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which once again lauded the facility’s performance after it successfully maintained its perfect cue score for this year.
Dr. Sherleen Osman, medical director for the public hospital’s renal section, disclosed yesterday that the Medicare formally notified the facility of its outstanding performance, maintaining a perfect 30/30 score. Osman said the Medicare certification is periodically issued every August.
The Dr. Jose T. Villagomez Dialysis Center has been successful in bringing its rate up to perfection after prior years’ scores of between 15/30 and 18/30.
Saipan Tribune learned that the dialysis unit received 15 points for anemia management and 15 points for dialysis adequacy last year. This is the same rating the center earned this year.
The purpose of the incentive program is to improve patient care by setting performance standards for quality of care. Facilities failing to meet these standards may be subject to a payment reduction of up to 2 percent.
CMS approved the opening of the new dialysis center at the public hospital in 2011. Yesterday marked the second year of this important occasion.
Among the guests of honor in yesterday’s festivity were Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Saipan Mayor Donald Flores, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. board chair Joaquin Torres, and former Department of Public Health secretary Joseph Kevin Villagomez. The facility is named after Villagomez’s father, the late Dr. Jose T. Villagomez.
“This is a tribute to all hardworking people that are focused in delivering care to our people—[interim CEO] Esther Muna and Dr. Osman’s team. The indicators back then was perfect and it’s still perfect…I just expect them to continue. They go above and beyond in taking care of the people and I am glad that we have this first-class facility on island,” Villagomez said during yesterday’s gathering.
Also this week, the CNMI joins the national celebration of Nephrology Nurses’ Week in recognizing and honoring nephrology nurses. Since Monday, Osman’s team has been conducting outreach programs and activities in conjunction with the celebration.
Corporation interim CEO Muña lauded yesterday the great work of Osman’s team for ensuring that the center maintains its high quality standard of care for patients. “They’re doing everything to make sure we have a safe and clean environment for our patients. This is an honor to all of them.”
When asked about the things she wants to achieve more for the center, Osman said: “We’re never stationary. We always reinvent ourselves and we would like to be the best that we can.”
According to Karlo Reyes III, dialysis unit manager, the center has a total of 25 staff, of which 10 are nurses and the rest are support staffers including technicians, licensed practical nurses, and nursing aids.
As of Aug. 30, the unit has 105 patients being treated at its 27 stations.