The North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network was established in 2008 through the voluntary work of critical access hospitals throughout the state of North Dakota. An executive committee of critical access hospital representatives serve as a decision making body and provide leadership to the members and oversight of the coordinators' efforts. A stakeholder committee, represented by statewide partner organizations, provides feedback and a link to increase communication.
The Network serves as a common place for North Dakota’s critical access hospitals (CAHs) to share best practices, tools, and resources related to providing quality of care. The Network supports quality improvement activities of the Network members and assists them with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. A goal of the Network is to improve information sharing and networking at the regional and state level among tertiary facilities and stakeholders to prevent duplication of efforts.
The mission of the Network is to support ongoing performance improvement of North Dakota's Critical Access Hospitals.
The Network is primarily supported through The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) administered by the UND Center for Rural Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Other funding includes: