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 healthcare organizations to evaluate care management and transitions of care processes to establish planning priorities and develop action steps to implement best practices that improve efficiency, performance, and care coordination. The services assist leaders in determining opportunities that could position their facilities for the future. 

The areas addressed in each QI assessment include:

  • 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
  • Evaluation of interdepartmental coordination that impacts care management and transitions of care
  • Evaluation of the healthcare organizations 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
  • Development of 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 will provide a thorough overview of the QI consultation as well as the anticipated time commitment. All healthcare organizations will be reassessed in year 3 of the program to document successes and support ongoing performance improvement. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $10,000,000 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and $0 amount and 0% funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.