2013 National Conference of State Flex Programs & Pre-Conference Workshop

Event Details
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Host: 
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

The annual National Conference of State Flex Programs is an opportunity for state Flex Program grantees to convene and share information about the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program and critical access hospitals (CAHs). This event focuses on the latest information and issues in the Flex Program including discussion of how national changes in health care delivery will impact CAHs. States share stories of their Flex Program experiences and successes with one another and with their project officers at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP).

This event was supported by FORHP and coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center).

Preceding the event, there was a pre-conference workshop on the topic of program evaluation. 

Pre-Conference Workshop: Flex Program Evaluation

Why Evaluate? What It Can Do (and What It Cannot)

Tracy Morton, MPH, The Center

Critical Components of Evaluation

Tami Lichtenberg, Center for Healthcare Innovation, College of St. Scholastica

Logic Model: Components and Implementation with Hands-On Activity

John Eich, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health

The Flex Logic Model

The Flex Logic Model (PDF Document - 30 pages)

Balanced Scorecard: Components and Implementation with Hands-On Activity

Sally Buck, MS, The Center
Nicole Clement, The Center

STAR Model: Solutions-based Technical Assistance and Resources Model for Systems-based Technical Assistance

Tracy Morton, MPH The Center
Tami Lichtenberg, Executive Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation, College of St. Scholastica

STAR Model

STAR Model (PDF Document - 18 pages)

Engaging Stakeholders in Your Program's Evaluation - Getting the Right People at the Table

Tami Lichtenberg, Center for Healthcare Innovation, College of St. Scholastica

Facilitating Focus Groups

Kami Norland, MA The Center

Assessing Behavior Change Using the Recommendation Adoption Process (RAP) Model

Kate Stenehjem, MLIS The Center

Developing Post-Educational Event Evaluations with Group Exercise

Tracy Morton, MPH, The Center

National Conference of State Flex Program: Cultivating Excellence

The Triple Aim for CAHs

Carol Beasley, MPPM, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Cultivating the Flex Program

Michael McNeely, MBA, MPH, CPHIT, FORHP
Kristi Martinsen, MPM, FORHP

The Why of Flex

The Why of Flex (PDF Document - 27 pages)

Health Reform Comes to Rural America

Clint MacKinney, MD, MS, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis

Rural Health Reform Models Panel

Lance Keilers, MBA, CAPPM, EFPM, Connected Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, National Rural Health Association
John Supplitt, MPA, MBA, American Hospital Association (AHA)

Using Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Data

Megan Meacham, MPH, FORHP
Paul Moore, DPh, FORHP
Michelle Casey, MS, University of Minnesota, Flex Monitoring Team (FMT)

MBQIP

MBQIP (PDF Document - 58 pages)

Performance Improvement to Impact Quality Small Group Discussion

Facilitated by Margo Kulseth, MLIS, The Center

Improving Performance on the ED AMI and Outpatient Surgical Care Quality Measures

Michelle Casey, MS, University of Minnesota, FMT


Bev McCullough, RN, MBA, CPHQ, Washington Rural Healthcare Quality Network

Creative Network Solutions

Pat Schou, MS, FACHE, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network


Leticia Manning, MPH, FORHP

CAH Leadership Panel Discussion

Dave Palm, PhD, Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Susan Starling, RN, MSN, Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital
John Supplitt, MPA, MBA, AHA

CAH Finance Basics in the New Health Care Environment

Ralph Llewellyn, CPA, CHFP, Eide Bailly, LLP

Using the FMT Annual Critical Access Hospital Financial Indicator Report (CAHFIR)

George Pink, PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, FMT

Introduction to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework

Terry Hill, MPA, The Center

Financial Improvement Activities Break-out Session

Facilitated by Tracy Morton, MPH, The Center

The Impact of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs)

Kami Norland, MA, The Center
John Gale, MS, University of Southern Maine, FMT

The Impact of CHNAs

The Impact of CHNAs (PDF Document - 28 pages)

Managing Contracts and Deliverables - Focused Conversation

Facilitated by Sally Buck, MS, The Center

Effective Project Management - Focused Conversation

Facilitated by Tracy Morton, MPH, The Center

Integration of Emergency Medical Services into Rural Systems of Care

John Gale, MS, University of Southern Maine, FMT

A Blueprint for CAH Performance Excellence

Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, National Rural Health Association
Terry Hill, MPA, The Center

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.