Promoting Quality Reporting and Improvement

Quality reporting and improvement are priorities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Strategy: better health, better care and lower cost through improvement. The national Flex Program is in alignment with these goals and has identified quality improvement as one of its program areas. In order to build program plans and support critical access hospitals (CAHs) in their quality improvement (QI) efforts, Flex Programs need to be aware of the various quality reporting initiatives and requirements, in particular the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) and Hospital Compare. Through communications with CAHs and by using MBQIP and Flex Monitoring Team (FMT) data and reports, state Flex Programs can develop a thorough understanding of CAH QI performance, including needs and successes. State Flex Program proficiency in the following contribute to excellence in quality reporting and improvement:

  • Supporting QI principles
  • Encouraging quality reporting
  • Using available quality data
  • Supporting MBQIP

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, $1,100,000 (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.