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 provide a thorough overview of the QI assessment and the time commitment expected for this portion of the DRCHSD Program. All facilities will be reassessed in year 3 to evaluate successes and ongoing performance improvement opportunities. 

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.