Quality Improvement in Rural Hospitals: How Networking Can Help

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy

This report is part of a series of technical assistance reports produced under the Networking for Rural Health project, an initiative to strengthen the rural health care delivery system by fostering the development of rural health networks. A viable solution to quality problems in rural hospitals is either creating a rural health network or accessing an existing collaboration among rural hospitals. Networks can be an effective way for rural health care leaders to use limited resources to their fullest advantage. Collaborating is a flexible option as well; it can involve partnerships solely among rural hospitals or between providers and other entities such as Medicare Peer Review Organizations/Quality Improvement Organizations (PRO/QIO), a state office of rural health, a state department of health or a state hospital association.

This initiative was directed by the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy with grant funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report was published in August 2002.