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Rural Healthcare Quality – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Healthcare Quality.

Quality Time: Sharing PIE - Patient and Family Engagement
Podcast episode discussing ways two Critical Access Hospital (CAH) engage patients and families in the healthcare process, how the CAHs gather feedback about the patient and family experiences, and how the CAHs use this information to inform their quality improvement efforts. Also describes how the COVID-19 pandemic affected patient experience and engagement activities.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Quality Improvement Resources for Rural Health Care Organizations
Lists prominent organizations, learning resources, and programs related to healthcare quality improvement and provides a short list of recommended reading. Designed for healthcare professionals who are new to the field.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Value-Based Care Assessment Tool
Online tool that assesses 80 different value-based care capacities in eight categories and creates a value-based care readiness report that can be used to support strategic planning. Tool is designed to be used by your healthcare organization's senior leadership team and takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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2019 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: Chartbook on Rural Health Care
Summarizes trends in healthcare quality and disparities for rural populations. Includes quality measures for access to healthcare, patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living, and affordability.
Author(s): Barbara Barton, Romsai Tony Boonyasai, Cecilia Hahn
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Measurement Framework: Final Report
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: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Medicare: Information on the Transition to Alternative Payment Models by Providers in Rural, Health Professional Shortage, or Underserved Areas
Describes the participation of providers in rural and health professional shortage areas in Advanced APMs from 2017 through 2019. Discusses challenges providers in rural, shortage, and underserved areas face in transitioning to APMs, as well as actions CMS takes to help these providers transition to APMs. Includes data by practice and provider type.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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MBQIP Quality Measures National Annual Report - 2020
Summarizes quality measure reporting rates and performance among Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in 2020. Presents data on the four Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) domains: patient safety/inpatient, outpatient, patient engagement, and care transitions.
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Nathan Bean, Ira Moscovice
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Antibiotic Stewardship Profile Series: Forks Community Hospital
Profiles the antibiotic stewardship efforts of Forks Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Forks, Washington. Describes the development of the antimicrobial stewardship program, leadership, drug expertise, tracking and reporting, and provider education.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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2021 CMS Hospital Quality Star Ratings of Rural Hospitals
Results of a study comparing the 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Quality Star Rating results for rural and urban hospitals, comparing the 2021 and 2016 results for rural hospitals, and identifying implications for the usefulness of these ratings for rural hospitals. Features statistics including percentages of hospitals by Star Ratings with breakdowns by urban or rural location, and numbers of unrated rural hospitals by Medicare payment classification, net patient revenue, and census region.
Author(s): Laura Bozovich, Randall John, Kristie Thompson, George H. Pink
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Measure Applications Partnership 2021-2022 Considerations for Measure Set Removal in Federal Programs: Final Report
Describes the Measure Set Review (MSR) process and the consideration of quality measures for potential removal from Medicare quality programs. Summarizes the National Quality Foundation (NQF) Coordinating Committee discussion and public input on selected hospital quality measures, including the impact of these measures on rural providers. Offers future considerations for the MSR process.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Last Updated: 8/10/2022