September 2019

September 2019

Hi Flex Coordinators,

It’s September which means we are in the middle of Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) reporting. Thank you to everyone who has been working to fill in the data for your report. Please read the FY 2018 PIMS Reporting Instructions to make sure we are all collecting PIMS data in the same way. And please keep reaching out to your project officer when you have questions.

Some people (including me) have experienced frustratingly slow page load times in PIMS—up to multiple minutes per page. If you encounter long load times, please send me an email with the date and time, what page you were trying to access, what browser you were using, and a description or screenshot of the problem. Your direct user reports will help me explain our system problems to the IT developers.

PIMS also had some glitches the first week of September, for example, CAH lists weren’t showing up. I believe those issues are all fixed, but of course, let us know if you run into any more problems.

As you’ve probably heard, Yvonne Chow, our MBQIP Coordinator, and fellow Flex project officer has left the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We will miss her knowledge and enthusiasm! We will be bringing on a new MBQIP Coordinator. In the meantime, I will be covering MBQIP issues with the expert help of the Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance (RQITA) team at Stratis Health. Please continue reaching out to your project officer and to tasc@ruralcenter.org with questions and challenges related to MBQIP, and we will all work together to find answers.

Happy Fall! Enjoy the changing season whether you’ve already seen snow up north or are just noticing shorter, but still warm, days down south.

Sarah Young

Flex Program Coordinator

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,205,000 (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.