CAH Quality Network
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:
- 2014-2015 - Subcontract through the ND Department of Health, Heart Diseases & Stroke Prevention Program.
Most Recent Publications
- North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network's Implementation and Use of the Healthcare SafetyZone Portal: April 2010-March 2011
Schroeder, S., Ward, J., & Miller, M. June 2011Describes the program’s purpose, the role of the CAH Quality Network in the implementation of the Portal and use of the data, and summarizes the project’s goals while highlighting the program’s year-end progress. Presents the output data derived from the thirteen CAHs participating in the Portal.
- North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network Evaluation Executive Summary
Gibbens, B. December 2010Presents a summary of the North Dakota CAH Quality Network's evaluation, activities, and accomplishments from 2008-2010.
Most Recent Presentations
- Top Deficiencies in Critical Access Hospitals
Presented by Weidner, B., BS on Jun 18, 2014 at the Critical Access Hospital Pre-Conference, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- North Dakota Flex Program & CAH Quality Network Update
Presented by Ward, J. on Jun 18, 2014 at the Critical Access Hospital Pre-Conference, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Flex and SHIP Funding Focus
Presented by Gibbens, B., & Ward, J. on Oct 08, 2012 at the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network Annual Meeting, Bismarck, North Dakota
- North Dakota Health Information Network
Presented by Wolf, S., MBA on Oct 08, 2012 at the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network Annual Meeting, Bismarck, North Dakota
- Results from the 2011 ND CAH Administrator Survey
Presented by Gibbens, B. on May 30, 2012 at the 2012 Dakota Conference pre-conference for CAHs, Grand Forks, North Dakota