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Resources by Topic: Critical Access Hospitals

Patients' Experiences in CAHs: HCAHPS Results, 2018
Provides results from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey for calendar year 2018. Summarizes reporting rates and performance among all U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Includes detailed tables that allow state-by-state comparison of response rates and overall CAH performance.
Author(s): Mariah Quick, Megan Lahr, Tongtan Chantarat, Ira Moscovice
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - Lebanon, N.H
Describes how the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center partners with rural and community hospitals to provide telehealth specialty care services across northern New England through the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care program. Discusses clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction with the telehealth programs. Examines how telehealth services impact staffing and services offered in small and rural hospitals.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program Availability in Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Hospitals Nationally
Describes the purpose of partial psychiatric hospitalization programs (PPHPs), and compares 2016 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals data on the availability and the characteristics of PPHPs among non-metropolitan and metropolitan hospitals in the U.S.
Author(s): Timothy Williams, Tyrone F. Borders, Lindsey Jasinski
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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New Suicide Prevention NPSG for Critical Access Hospitals
Presents the prepublication requirements and elements for performance for the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) chapter on suicide prevention. Notes that these requirements will apply to Critical Access Hospitals beginning on July 1, 2020.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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R3 Report: National Patient Safety Goal for Suicide Prevention
Establishes safety goals and practices for suicide prevention in Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. This 2019 update highlights specific requirements for accredited Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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New Suicide Prevention National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for Critical Access Hospitals
Identifies new National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program for hospital and behavioral healthcare programs. Covers minimizing the risk of suicide within the hospital environment, screening of patients for suicidal ideation, developing written policies and procedures addressing the care of at risk patients, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of policies. These standards are effective July 1, 2020.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Continuing on the Road to Value
Slides presented at the 2019 Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Annual Conference discussing management methods and policy initiatives for transitioning hospitals to value-based care.
Author(s): Keith Mueller
Date: 11/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Rural Hospitals: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Describes the conditions facing rural hospitals and their communities contributing to the high rate of rural hospital closure. Discusses state and federal legislation, policies, and programs developed to support rural hospitals. Provides data for 15 Southern states including their state and rural populations, percentage of population uninsured, Medicaid expansion status, percentage at high financial risk, and number of rural hospital closures.
Author(s): Nick Bowman
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments
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North Dakota CAHs, RHCs, and FQHCs, 2019
Map of North Dakota delineating counties and showing the locations of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and referral centers.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Performance Management/Program Evaluation Guide: Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program
Offers guidance to state Flex program coordinators to incorporate performance management and evaluation into Flex program operations as required by the Flex Program Cooperative Agreement. Supports the state's capacity for assessing program activities, making improvements, and establishing if activities are effective. Defines key terms and concepts, discusses reporting requirements, demonstrates a performance year work plan, covers data collection, and provides examples of goals and measures to be included in the evaluation plan.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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