Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health
Top Flex Activities
Program Area: Support for Quality Improvement
Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) and Mountain Pacific Quality Health provide technical assistance to critical access hospitals (CAHs) to improve the consistency of Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) participation and facilitate reporting. ASHNHA coordinates and facilitates face-to-face meetings, site visits, monthly webinars, teleconferences and newsletters to promote peer networking, best practices and data collection related to quality improvement measures.
ASHNHA also supports mentoring programs to match more experienced quality professionals at larger hospitals with less experienced quality staff at CAHs to receive peer support, establish relationships to combine resources, and build knowledge and skill through shared experiences.
Please share a success story about reporting quality data or using quality data to help CAHs in your state improve patient care.
Once a month, ASHNHA, the Department of Health and Human Services and Mountain Pacific Quality Health discuss quality improvement initiatives and identify CAHs that may need additional technical assistance. Through this coordinated approach CAHs receive timely support and resources.
Program Area: Support for Financial and Operational Improvement
To support operational and financial improvement activities for Alaska, ASHNHA facilitates a monthly meeting with CAH Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) to prioritize and address financial improvement activities. This has led to financial system improvements. In addition, ASHNHA provides technical assistance to CAHs to improve financial performance through contracts with financial/operational experts that help improve CAHs revenue cycles and operational efficiency.
Program Area: Support for Integration of Innovative Health Care Models
New federal and state initiatives focused on health care delivery system reform are increasing, with an effort to move the health care system toward paying providers for value of care rather than volume of care. Alaska's activities in this area are focused on assessing CAH readiness for value and supporting one or more multi-stakeholder processes to explore new models of care for rural communities. The activities in year two will focus on technical assistance subcontractor support to explore options and best practices suited to CAHs through a multi-stakeholder effort involving patients, providers, payers, Medicaid and other key entities.
Please provide information about any efforts to assist CAHs/communities and partner organizations in the transition to value-based care.
Through support from the National Rural Health Resource Center and other partner organizations, the Alaska Flex Program is gathering financial information to analyze and provide a list of potential value-based care models for the CAHs to consider.
Please provide information about network activities in your state to support Flex Program activities.
The hospitals in Alaska are involved in three informal networks:
- Quality imporovement (QI) involving the Chief Nursing Officers (CNO)
- Operational improvement involving the Chief Executive Officers (CEO)
- Financial improvement involving the CFOs
The networks have monthly teleconferences and two in-person meetings per year where they can discuss best practices and share challenges.
Please describe how your state Flex Program has enhanced its use of data in the past year.
This area is still under development.
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|Number of CAHs||14|
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