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Resources by Topic: Hospitals

Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
Provides information to meet the health information technology (HIT) needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small, rural hospitals. Covers benefits of HIT, overcoming barriers to HIT adoptions and implementation, and meaningful use resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Interoperability Training Courses
Provides online training for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) focused on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rule. Covers how to implement new standards to support transitions of care, lab exchange, patient engagement, and public health measures.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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AHA Community Connections
Provides access to case studies spotlighting hospitals and health systems (some are in rural areas) that have successfully collaborated with local community organizations to promote care coordination, wellness, and prevention. Website also includes tools and resources to help healthcare facilities be accountable and transparent to their communities and deliver quality care.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) Demonstration
Describes the Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) demonstration including the project purpose, legislation, eligible states, partners, and program contacts. The initial demonstration ended in July 2019. However, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorized a five-year extension period for participating Critical Access Hospitals.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Nevada Rural Hospital Partners Revenue Cycle Improvement Program
Describes a revenue cycle improvement program (RCIP) designed to enable small and rural hospitals to achieve optimal financial performance in a challenging financial and regulatory environment.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Nevada Rural Hospital Partners
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Health.mil Rates and Reimbursement: Hospital Classifications
Identifies TRICARE reimbursement methodologies for Sole Community Hospitals (SCH) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Also lists CAH inpatient and outpatient cost-to-charge ratios (CCRs).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Military Health System
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Toolkit for Using the AHRQ Quality Indicators
Resource for hospitals planning to use the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs), including the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), to track and improve inpatient quality and patient safety. Also serves as a general guide to applying improvement methods in a hospital setting.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP)
Resources designed to help Critical Access Hospitals understand and execute the MBQIP measures. Includes tools and strategies rural hospitals can use to report, analyze, and translate their data into actual quality improvement.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Technical Assistance and Services Center
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State Flex Profiles and Contact Information
Provides links to each state's Rural Hospital Medicare Flexibility (Flex) Program activities related to supporting Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Includes state Flex program contacts.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Technical Assistance and Services Center
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National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS)
Discusses the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). Tracks trends and healthcare delivery in hospitals, including emergency, outpatient departments, and ambulatory surgery centers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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