HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

CMS announces final application round for Next Generation ACO Model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center is accepting the second and final round of applications for its Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, which will begin its second performance year on Jan. 1, 2017. Participants in the model take on greater performance risk than... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, ACO

Washington CEO receives Shirley Ann Munroe Award

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The AHA today awarded its 2015 Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award to Vince Oliver, CEO and superintendent of Island Hospital in Anacortes, WA. The award recognizes small or rural hospital leaders who have improved health care delivery in their communities through innovative and progressive efforts.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: rural, awards

Medicare shared savings model for rural ACOs to accept applications in July

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Accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2014 or later may apply in July to participate in the ACO Investment Model, which offers prepaid shared savings to encourage ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas. Hospital participants must be critical access... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, rural, ACO

CMS issues guidance on physician quality reporting for CAHs, rural health centers

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday issued guidance for critical access hospitals and rural health centers with respect to the Physician Quality Reporting System 2013 reporting year and 2015 payment adjustment. Physicians and other eligible professionals must report certain quality data to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

HRSA announces rural health grants to support chronic care coordination

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Rural health networks can apply through April 6 for a portion of $1.6 million in funding to support care coordination strategies to improve outcomes for patients with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced last week.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, rural

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