Quality Improvement (QI) Project

Author: 
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center),
Stroudwater Associates

      The purpose of the Quality Improvement (QI) project is to assist participating hospitals and clinics identify top opportunities that will result in improved quality performance. This onsite assessment will help position hospitals and clinics for emerging health care delivery models, and population health. 

The subject matter experts utilized for the QI assessment will:

  • Perform a care management analysis that targets utilization review, discharge planning, care coordination, and resource utilization to yield cost-effective quality outcomes that are patient-centric and safe
  • Evaluate interdepartmental coordination that impacts care management and transitions of care
  • Evaluate the hospital’s knowledge level regarding best-practice processes that impact patient-centered care and care coordination, which may include but is not limited to observation utilization, discharge planning, transition of care and quality reporting
  • Assist the hospital/clinic team in developing an action plan with specific measurable outcomes to improve performance while creating strategies that prepare the organization to transition to value-based payment models 

The attachments below provide a thorough overview of the QI onsite assessment and the time commitment expected for this portion of the DRCHSD Program.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U65RH31261, Delta Region Health Systems Development, $8,000,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.