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Resources by Topic: Healthcare quality

Quality of Care Before and After Mergers and Acquisitions of Rural Hospitals
Examines the quality of care provided in 172 rural hospitals that merged or were acquired between 2009-2016. Compares the in-hospital mortality rates for patients with several conditions compared admitted to merged or acquired hospitals to patients admitted to 266 rural hospitals that remained independent.
Author(s): H. Joanna Jiang, Kathryn R. Fingar, Lan Liang, Rachel M. Henke, Teresa P. Gibson
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(9)
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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Antibiotic Stewardship Detailed Data Summarization Tool for State Flex Programs
Tool to help state Flex programs summarize and utilize the Core and Detailed Annual Facility Survey antibiotic stewardship data. Provides a core element summary and a question-by-question summary of Critical Access Hospital responses.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Measurement Framework
Presents a performance measurement framework to guide quality and performance improvement for healthcare services delivered via telehealth in rural areas in response to disasters. Covers five domains — access to care and technology; costs, business models, and logistics; experience; effectiveness; and equity — rural-specific measurement issues, and potential solutions. Includes recommendations for rural telehealth measurement for time-sensitive emergencies, public health emergencies, and disasters.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2022
Comment on a July 23, 2021, Federal Register proposed rule revising the physician fee schedule to improve payment systems for physicians and other Medicare Part B revisions. Includes a discussion of the expansion of telehealth service coverage after the COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as reimbursement rates to Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers for telehealth mental health services.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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CMS Innovation Center COVID-19 Flexibilities
Shares flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) models in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Addresses changes related to financial methodologies, quality reporting, and model timelines.
Additional links: CMS Model Flexibilities Table
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Open Door Forum Podcast and Transcripts
Provides audio recordings and transcripts of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum calls since October 2016, including the Rural Health Open Door Forums and COVID-19 stakeholder calls.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Public Health Foundation: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Training
A list of COVID-19 training opportunities available through the TRAIN Learning Network. Includes training options for public health, healthcare, and emergency preparedness professionals addressing COVID-19, vaccination, contact tracing, crisis and emergency risk communication, infection control, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Date: 09/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program: Revenue Cycle Management Best Practices Guide
Offers rural hospital executives and management teams best practice concepts in revenue cycle management by assisting them in identifying performance improvement within their hospitals and departments. Provides State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) directors and Flex Program coordinators a better understanding of the revenue cycle best practices to help them design educational training programs to support rural hospital administrators with performance improvement.
Additional links: Check List
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: BKD CPAs & Advisors, National Rural Health Resource Center
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Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Measurement Recommendations Report
Provides an overview of two measurement frameworks, one for maternal morbidity and one for maternal mortality. Includes a list of short- and long-term recommendations for each measurement topic, which cover equitable treatment; timely access to treatment and services; follow-up and care coordination of care; protocols and guidelines; substance use disorders, mental health, and behavioral health; access to pain management and labor support; and patient- and family-reported outcomes and experiences of care. Discusses three potential, actionable measure concepts for maternal mortality.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Rural Healthy People: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
August 25, 2021 webinar presenting key findings from Rural Healthy People 2010 and Rural Healthy People 2020, studying the top 10 rural health priorities for the previous two decades. Presents early findings from the Rural Healthy People 2030 survey and discusses what comes next. Features statistics on mortality rates from diabetes, heart disease, suicide, and cancer, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Author(s): Timothy Callaghan, Alva O. Ferdinand, Morgan Kassabian
Date: 08/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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