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Resources by Topic: Healthcare quality

MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Skilled Nursing Facility PPS for FY 2020
Comments on an April 25, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule updating payments for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and SNF quality reporting. Addresses proposed changes to the wage index system that would adjust for geographical differences, potentially impacting rural areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on Hospice for FY 2020
Comments on an April 25, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule updating payments for hospice and hospice quality reporting. Addresses proposed changes to the wage index system that would adjust for geographical differences, potentially impacting rural areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS for FY 2020
Comments on an April 24, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule updating payments for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and IRF quality reporting. Addresses proposed changes to the wage index system that would adjust for geographical differences, potentially impacting rural areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Coteau des Prairies (CDP) Health System: Improving Quality of Care
Features a Critical Access Hospital in Sisseton, South Dakota that worked with the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project on care transitions and quality improvement. Highlights their successes improving finances, internal communication, patient satisfaction, physician documentation, and quality improvement infrastructure.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Management Methodologies and Value-based Strategies: An Overview for Rural Health Care Leaders
Provides an overview of 8 common management methods for transitioning healthcare organizations to value-based care. Discusses considerations for rural healthcare leaders and provides information and resources for each management method.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rural Success: High-Performing CAHs Take Action for Antibiotic Stewardship
Highlights antibiotic stewardship program best practices and strategies from Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) based on a series of focus groups. Includes antibiotic stewardship results from a CAH facility survey.
Citation: MBQIP Monthly, 1-3
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Investing in America's Health Care
Recording of a Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on a wide variety of healthcare bills addressing funding for community health centers, teaching health centers, the National Health Service Corps, a tribal diabetes program, the National Quality Forum, Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, and more. Includes testimony from Shasta Community Health Center, Vidant Health, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, Medicare Rights Center, and others.
Additional links: C. Dean Germano Testimony, Diana Autin Testimony, Fred Riccardi Testimony, Michael Waldrum Testimony, Thomas Barker Testimony
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 3
Third podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Dr. Dan Doyle, physician for 2 Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHC) in West Virginia and Director of a Black Lung Clinic and a pulmonary rehabilitation project. Addresses how he came to the position, statistics on COPD, improving early diagnosis, best practices for COPD screening and treatment, recommendations for healthcare facilities and individual providers, the COPD National Action Plan, and more.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Systemic Overuse of Health Care in a Commercially Insured US Population, 2010-2015
Examines geographic variation in systemic overuse of health care, using commercial insurance claims data from 375 metropolitan areas and 47 rural regions. Features statistics with breakdowns by overuse indicators, and U.S. maps showing regional variations in overuse.
Author(s): Allison H. Oakes, Hsien-Yen Chang, Jodi B. Segal
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 19, 280
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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Population-Based Trauma Outcomes
Final report of an expert committee funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify measure concepts and prioritize measure gaps for evaluating population-based trauma care outcomes. Includes the framework for evaluating trauma care at a regional or population level comprised of four domains: access to trauma services, cost and resource use, trauma clinical care, and prevention of trauma. Discusses issues related to rural access to trauma care and potential measures and measure adaptations for rural areas, as well as listing measures developed by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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