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Rural Healthcare Quality News

News stories from the past 60 days.

MAP Rural Health Workgroup Final Roster
Nov 22, 2017 - The National Quality Forum's (NQF) Rural Health Workgroup's roster has been finalized. This workgroup was created to advise the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on issues related to measurement challenges in the rural population and to identify rural-relevant measures and gaps in measurement. The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Coordinating Committee provides oversight for this workgroup.
Source: National Quality Forum
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Critical Access Hospitals Unlikely to Engage in Advanced EHR Use
Nov 8, 2017 - According to a new study, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are less likely than other hospitals to use Electronic Health Record (EHR) data for performance measurement and patient engagement. The study suggested that this disparity could indicate a digital divide impacting small, rural and safety-net hospitals' ability to effectively use this data to improve the quality of patient care.
Source: EHR Intelligence
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The Joint Commission Reports Increased Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Adoption and Reporting from U.S. Hospitals
Nov 7, 2017 - The Joint Commission's annual report, America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety found that an increased number of hospitals are adopting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). Reporting this data is linked with quality improvement and is voluntary.
Source: The Joint Commission
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CMS Administrator Verma Announces New Meaningful Measures Initiative and Addresses Regulatory Reform; Promotes Innovation at LAN Summit
Oct 30, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to quality measurement called "Meaningful Measures," which involves only assessing the core issues that are vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes. This outcome-based approach is part of an effort to streamline quality measures, reduce regulatory burden, and promote innovation.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Last Updated: 11/22/2017