Colorado Rural Health Center
Top Flex Activities
CAH Quality Improvement
The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) continues to build on previous work in the area of quality improvement with the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Network, Regional Quality Improvement (QI) Workshops and Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Building Capacity Rapid Cycle Improvement Project, among other efforts. To measure the benefit of these projects, CRHC utilizes MBQIP data, benchmarking system reports, Lean Six Sigma, Critical Access Hospital Measurement and Performance Assessment System (CAHMPAS) reports, as well as additional data and information gathered through site visits.
CAH Operational and Financial Improvement
CRHC is offering activities and support that build upon previous achievements. Annually, CRHC hosts webinars series on CAH swing beds, utilization management, admission criteria, and compliance to provide updates and training on any changes to regulations and best practices. CRHC continues to expand its CAH Financial Workgroup with CAH Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), other members of the CAH finance team, and Quality Improvement staff. Additionally, CRHC offers financial and operational education to CAHs through its annual CAH Workshop. CRHC measures the impact of these activities through CAHMPAS and iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX Performance data, participation in technical assistance activities, number of CAH CFO workgroup meetings, number of CAH Financial and Operational Assessments completed, number of site visits, and coaching calls completed.
CAH Population Health Improvement
CRHC utilizes the results of the Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) and Population Health Readiness Assessments to identify CAHs to participate in the Colorado Rural Sustainability (CORS) Network focused on chronic care management. CRHC facilitates the CORS Network to implement evidence-based chronic care management programs in rural counties through peer learning calls, workshops, and network meetings. CRHC convenes 1:1 coaching calls to share tools and resources using community-oriented, outcome and team-based care. Success is measured by knowledge gained through population health needs, number of performance activities identified, number of action plans created, baseline and target measures identified, number of site visits, and coaching calls.
Please provide information about network activities in your state to support Flex Program activities.
CRHC holds quarterly Technology for Healthcare Excellence (THE) Consortium webinars which provide expert consultation, education, and resources to facilities seeking to adopt new or support their current Health Information Technology (HIT) efforts. Webinar topics include Quality Payment Program (QPP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security, and electronic health record (EHR) functionality.
CRHC manages the CORS Network to implement evidence-based chronic care management programs in rural counties through peer learning calls, workshops, and network meetings.
CRHC manages the CAH Peer Review Network in an effort to provide objective rural providers chart reviewers from other CAHs, who have an understanding of the unique working conditions of rural providers.
CRHC hosts monthly CAH Quality Network webinars that focus on utilizing quality improvement methodologies, sharing best practices, and peer-to-peer education.
Please provide information about cross-state collaborations you may be working on related to the Flex Program.
CRHC will continue to work with the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Colorado for quality improvement, value-based purchasing program support, and technical assistance.
Please describe how your state Flex Program is reaching out to non-traditional partners to support its work.
Through their CORS Network, CRHC is helping facilities expand their work into the communities by building relationships with other healthcare clinics outside their system to better utilize resources and not duplicate efforts, partnering with already established diabetic education classes by providing staff and resources, and partnering with schools and libraries to reach the pediatric population and integrate healthcare practices into their daily activities at these community facilities.
|Type of Organization||Non-profit Organization|
|Number of CAHs||32|