The federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) and its partners are charged with increasing current critical access hospitals (CAHs) Hospital Compare participation rates, and CAH dedication to quality improvement initiatives. While participation in the project is voluntary, Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP) seeks to increase attention on quality health care to all CAH Medicare beneficiaries, both inpatient and outpatient.
For 100% (N=1,327) of critical access hospitals (nation-wide) to implement quality improvement initiatives to improve their patient care and operations.
The passage of meaningful use requirements and the Affordable Care Act heightened national attention on quality activities and reporting. In the environment of meaningful use, pay for performance, bundled payments, and accountable care organizations, CAHs may increasingly be compared with their urban counterparts to ensure public confidence in the quality of their health services.
This initiative takes a proactive and visionary approach to ensure CAHs are well-equipped and prepared to meet future quality requirements.
This project emphasizes putting patients first by focusing on improving health care services, processes and administration.
Partner Responsibilities through MBQIP
The North Dakota Flex Program, in partnership with the ND CAH Quality Network and the ND Healthcare Review, Inc. will:
Participating CAHs will: