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Rural Healthcare Quality – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Healthcare Quality.

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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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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Quality Time: Sharing PIE - Making Quality Improvement Fun
Podcast episode discussing ways two Critical Access Hospital (CAH) leaders make quality improvement activities fun and engaging for hospital staff. Highlights engagement strategies that resulted in measurable improvements, staff recognition activities, and the impact these efforts have on staff morale and investment in quality improvement initiatives.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): Scoring Guide for the 2021 Performance Year
Provides details on how scores are calculated for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of two payment options under the Medicare Quality Payment Program. Explains the four performance categories that affect Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments: quality, cost, improvement activities, and promoting interoperability. Includes specifics for small and rural practices.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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2020 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Performance Feedback and 2022 Payment Adjustment FAQs
Answers key questions related to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), including performance feedback, final score and payment adjustment, improvement activities, facility-based scoring, and more.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): Eligibility and Participation in the 2021 Performance Year - Traditional MIPS
Provides an overview of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility criteria. Addresses calculation of the low-volume threshold exclusion at the individual and group levels, opt-in and voluntary reporting options, and the impact of special status designations such as rural and small practices.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): Participating in the Improvement Activities Performance Category in the 2021 Performance Year - Traditional MIPS
Provides details on how to participate in the performance improvement part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of two payment options under the Medicare Quality Payment Program. Identifies differences for small practices and clinicians located in a rural or Health Professional Shortage Area.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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2022 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Payment Year Payment Adjustment User Guide
Provides information on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment adjustments for calendar year 2022. Covers changes to MIPS payment adjustments following COVID-19 relief efforts. Offers answers to frequently asked questions.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Leveraging Quality Measurement to Improve Rural Health, Telehealth, and Healthcare System Readiness: Final Environmental Scan Report
Presents the results of an environmental scan of literature related to barriers and facilitators of rural telehealth for healthcare system readiness, as well as a scan of quality measures relevant to rural telehealth during emergencies. Summarizes policies and practices related to telehealth and the healthcare system, with a focus on federal policy changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) COVID-19 Module
Provides information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's LTCF COVID-19 Module for the National Healthcare Safety Network. Includes a variety of resources and training focused on data collection, resident and facility impact, staff and personnel impact, supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), and ventilator capacity and supplies. Offers LTCFs a customized system to track COVID-19 infections and prevention process measures.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Healthcare Safety Network
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Last Updated: 9/16/2021