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Rural Healthcare Quality – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Healthcare Quality.

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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QualityNet
Serves as a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved website for secure communications and healthcare quality data exchange between: quality improvement organizations (QIOs), hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) networks and facilities, and data vendors.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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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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PubMed Search: Health Care Quality and Rural Health Services
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of rural healthcare quality.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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National Practitioner Data Bank
Repository of reports on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to healthcare practitioners, providers, and suppliers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Health System Data Center
Provides access to state data on health system performance, with the option to compare data across states. Topics covered include healthcare access, hospital and outpatient safety and quality, healthcare system spending, health status and outcomes, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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WhyNotTheBest.org
Tracks healthcare quality performance measures. Enables organizations to compare their performance against their peers in both rural and urban locations. Includes reports, maps, and improvement tools and resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: IRPO
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TeamSTEPPS Curriculum Tools and Materials
An evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving teamwork skills among healthcare professionals. Includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and training curricula necessary to successfully integrate teamwork principles into your healthcare system.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture
Presents Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Hospital Survey, a survey for hospital staff designed to help healthcare organizations and facilities assess the culture of safety in their institutions. Includes survey form, items, composite measures, and a user's guide.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange
Provides access to downloadable databases and resources to assist with the implementation of new and better ways of delivering healthcare.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Last Updated: 10/3/2022