Ashley Folarin joined the Center for Rural Health (CRH) in November 2020
as a project assistant with the Flex program and Project ECHO.
Nicole Threadgold is the CRH's new project coordinator as of
December 2020 for Flex and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program and will be helping with the CHNA
Anna Walter joined CRH in March 2021 and is a project coordinator for the
Rural Health Clinic Network.
Jody Ward is the new program director as of 2020, previously she was the
senior project coordinator from 2008-2020.
The CRH Flex program is assuming the role of completing the annual North Dakota CAH Financial Analysis report
previously completed by Darrold Bertsch. Due to the pandemic and its financial impact, the next financial
analysis will be completed in the fall of 2022. If there are any financial measures that would be meaningful in
the meantime, please reach out to Project Coordinator Nicole Threadgold via email
nicole.threadgold@UND.edu or call (701) 330-3264.
An updated 2021 Conditions of Participation checklist will be ready to send out to all CAHs this spring. Each
CAH will receive two booklets via mail and an electronic copy will be housed in the CAH Quality Network Virtual Library.
Workforce needs in North Dakota remain a focus for rural and underserved areas, as well as urban areas. The
CRH’s workforce specialist assists in the connection of healthcare workforce to rural and underserved areas in
the state. Through a website called 3RNet, the workforce specialist can
enable a connection between facilities with healthcare workforce job vacancies, and healthcare professionals
seeking work. The website is a national job board focused on rural recruitment and retention. Rural and
underserved healthcare facilities in the state of North Dakota have the ability to post their job vacancies for
free on this site, and receive referrals of candidates through the website, who are actively seeking work.
Posting open jobs to the website also allows the workforce specialist to further promote these vacancies through
general candidate communication, job fairs, and presentations to health degree programs throughout the state. To
learn more about how you can increase your job vacancy exposure, please reach out to Stacy
Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP) Data Reporting Reminders & Resources
Ask Robyn – Quarterly open office hours calls for data abstractors
Tuesday, April 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Central
Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone. Quality Reporting Specialist Robyn Carlson will be offering open
office hour calls to discuss your MBQIP abstraction questions. Sessions are free of charge, but registration
is required. For more information about the Ask Robyn calls, contact Robyn Carlson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAH Quality Network Director of Nursing Networking Meetings
April 15, 11:00 am Central
May 27, 11:00 am Central
June 17, 11:00 am Central
August 26, 11:00 am Central
September 30, 11:00 am Central
CAH Quality Network Conditions of Participation Meetings
June 9, 10:00 am Central
September 9, 10:00 am Central
CAH Quality Network Region Meetings
Northwest Region – August 9, 9:00 am Central
Southwest Region – August 10, 9:00 am Central
Southeast Region – August 11, 9:00 am Central
Northeast Region – August 12, 9:00 am Central
These webinars will focus on Conditions of Participation and presented by Laura Dixon. Please save these dates
on your calendar – more information will come to your inbox in the coming weeks.
Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Standards and Worksheet for Hospitals –
Ensuring Compliance with Conditions of Participation
April 28, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Central
CMS Worksheet for Infection Prevention and Control and Average Sales Price (ASP) Updates
May 20, 9:00 - 11:00 am Central
Discharge Planning: Compliance with CMS Hospital and CAH Conditions of Participation
June 24, 9:00 - 10:30 am Central
Swing Beds Regulations: Complying with the CAH Conditions of Participation
August 26, 10:00 - 11:00 am Central
Informed Consent: Ensuring Compliance with CMS, The Joint Commission (TJC) and Det Norske Veritas
(DNV): More than Just a Signature
September 16, 10:00 - 11:30 am Central
Save the Date – Conferences
Critical Access Hospital 2021 Conference hosted by Eide Bailly
Contact Project Coordinator Nicole Threadgold via email nicole.threadgold@UND.edu
for more details and a registration discount code.
Session 1, Day 1 April 8, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Central
Session 1, Day 2 April 9, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Central
Session 2, Day 1 April 15, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Central
Session 2, Day 2 April 16, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Central
Virtual North Dakota Quality Conference for CAHs and RHCs
April 28, 12:30 – 4:30 pm Central Conference Registration
The annual quality statewide conference is an opportunity for all CAHs and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to
come together virtually and discuss pertinent issues regarding patient safety and healthcare quality in
North Dakota. You can expect to hear presentations from healthcare quality experts and updates on best
practices for both CAHs and RHCs. This meeting is a complement to the North Dakota CAH Quality Network's
quarterly regional meetings and will also include content specific to RHCs. All CAHs and
RHCs are encouraged to send staff.
The Annual Healthcare Service Excellence Conference: Reimagining Healthcare Engagement
Please consider attending the Healthcare Service Excellence conference focused on Reimagining
Healthcare Engagement hosted by Custom Learning Systems on June 8. This conference is aimed toward
refreshing the workplace through resilience, agility, and kindness.
Registration (no longer available) is free with promo code:
68DAKOTA21. Enter the code and hit the Apply button and then click the Order Now button.
Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Awards
Congratulations to Towner County Medical Center in Cando, CliniCare in Cavalier, and Sanford Health in
Enderlin for being awarded 2021 Top 50 Rural Health Clinic honors! These three North Dakota
RHCs have been recognized as top rural primary care practices in the United States according to the 2021 Lilypad Awards, the first and only ranking program for
our nation’s nearly 4,600+ RHCs. The Lilypad Awards recognize RHCs that outperform their rural primary care
practice peers in terms of efficiency and operational excellence. Utilizing data from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid program to calculate rural-relevant metrics across five domains, the Lilypad Awards
provide a comprehensive and objective assessment of rural health clinic performance. The Lilypad Awards
evaluate both provider-based (hospital-owned) or independent practices to produce a comprehensive ranking
system for every RHC in the nation.
2020-2021 Flex CAH Subcontract Awards
Five CAHs received funding for work to maintain access to care for rural North Dakotans provided through
2020-2021 Flex CAH 340B Audit Assistance Subcontract Awards
Eight CAHs received funding for work to conduct 340B pharmaceutical program audits. The audits will assist
in improved financial performance, which helps to maintain access to care for rural North Dakotans.
A free online repository of CAH-specific resources
A one-stop shop to locate resources, protocols, and best practices related to CAH quality
Maintained by the North Dakota CAH Quality Network
The North Dakota Healthcare Partners Events Calendar is a simple and streamlined format
designed to connect individuals in the healthcare and community service fields to events and educational
opportunities from across the state. Our partners are committed to offering high quality on-site and virtual
education, and this “one-stop shop” format allows us the opportunity to effectively coordinate events and
enhance their visibility.