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Program Area: Support for Quality Improvement

The Mississippi State Office of Rural Health (MS SORH) has contracted with a consulting group to provide technical assistance on the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) to all 31 critical access hospitals (CAHs). This technical assistance includes hospital site visits if required, and hospital staff education on MBQIP measures and reporting requirements. MBQIP technical assistance is measured by the number of CAHs participating in the activity and improvements in outcomes.

Program Area: Support for Financial and Operational Improvement

MS SORH is subcontracting to improve financials through revenue cycle activities. The activities will be measured by the number of CAHs participating and improvements in days in net accounts receivable.

For operational improvement, the office will subcontract with a consulting group to perform outmigration analysis. This activity will be measured over the long term by increased market share.

Program Area: Support for Population Health Management and Emergency Medical Services Integration

The Mississippi Flex Program is conducting a statewide population health assessment to compare results from an assessment conducted in 2015-2016.

Program Area: Support for Designation of CAHs

The Mississippi Flex Program will provide technical assistance to hospitals interested in pursuing conversion to critical access hospital status.

Please provide information about any efforts to assist CAHs/communities and partner organizations in the transition to value-based care.

Educational sessions on this topic area are provided through hospital network meetings. The activity is measured by the number of CAHs participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Please provide information about network activities in your state to support Flex Program activities.

MS SORH will subcontract to provide financial network meetings for education and sharing of best practices on financial and operational subject matter. The activity will be measured by the number of CAHs participating.

Please provide information about cross-state collaborations you may be working on related to the Flex Program.

Mississippi Flex engages in cross-state collaboration for a regional CAH conference.

Please describe how your state Flex Program has enhanced its use of data in the past year.

MS SORH staff are in the process of reviewing the Critical Access Hospital Measurement and Performance Assessment System (CAHMPAS) tool.

Program Statistics

Type of Organization State Government
Staffing 1.6 FTEs
Number of CAHs 31
Website URL None provided

Flex Program Staff

Jayda Lee
Flex Coordinator, Mississippi
(601) 576-7216

Flex Coordinator since April 2018

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.