University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
Top Flex Activities
Program Area: Support for Quality Improvement
The North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (ND CAH) Quality Network hosts quarterly meetings to facilitate the exchange of state survey findings between CAHs. Best practices, policies and other resources are shared to help CAHs prepare for their surveys and to help develop a plan of correction if necessary. North Dakota Flex maintains CAH participation in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). North Dakota Flex collaborates with other quality improvement related initiatives involving North Dakota CAHs and emergency medical services (EMS).
Please share a success story about reporting quality data or using quality data to help CAHs in your state improve patient care.
Patient Safety activity for the Influenza Vaccination Coverage (OP-27)
The North Dakota Flex Program wanted a mode to track CAH activity on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN). In order for the Flex Program to view individual CAH data on this secure website, the Flex Program needed its own NHSN account. Once an account was established, a group under the Flex Program was created on the secure side of the NHSN called "quality." Each CAH was asked to join the group which allowed the state Flex Program to view their OP-27 data.
The enrollment and reporting process went as follows:
- ND CAH Quality Network invited CAHs to register for NHSN and join the ND group (discussed at regional meetings and also sent emails)
- Provided a step-by-step PowerPoint on how to set up for NHSN account and join ND CAH Quality Network group
- Set up a spreadsheet to monitor who had enrolled, joined, and entered data
- Monitored group weekly
- Sent reminders to hospitals not yet set up
- Closer to submission deadline, made individual calls and provided direct assistance to those not yet set up, or hadn't entered data, which led to 100% participation in the state
- After the submission date, sent out reminders to the CAHs that they needed to keep their Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) card current by logging in every six months
The NHSN account for North Dakota Flex is now monitored frequently to determine which CAHs have registered for NHSN, and to assist CAHs in meeting data submission deadlines. ND CAHs ended the fall season with 100% (36/36) participation.
Care Transitions - Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC)
North Dakota CAHs report EDTC quality data using a web-based collection, analysis and reporting tool called REDCap, a portal used for data collection. The web-based portal allows patient information to be entered and tracked on how well the information is communicated from an ED to another health care facility. CAHs self-register for an account to allow access to the reporting system. Technical support is provided by the Flex-funded state quality improvement organization (QIO). EDTC data reports are generated through the portal, and sharing of EDTC data occurs quarterly by region as well as one time a year statewide, in which all CAHs come together in one place. Top performers are identified and celebrated at the quarterly meetings. A measure overview of all seven data elements are reviewed quarterly and most frequently missed elements are discussed with a strategy to improve performance. Data submission status for all 36 CAHs has been 100% participation for more than four consecutive quarters.
Program Area: Support for Financial and Operational Improvement
The North Dakota Flex Program identifies CAHs in most need and, through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, make available a limited number of subcontract awards for financial and operational improvement projects. In addition, North Dakota Flex provides the North Dakota CAH Board of Directors Boot Camp and the Peer Exchange Program. For the Peer Exchange Program, North Dakota Flex provides travel support for individuals or small groups to meet with similar entities from other areas of the state and share information, ideas and successful approaches to improving quality and access to health care services.
Program Area: Support for Population Health Management and Emergency Medical Services Integration
- Assists CAHs in identifying specific health needs of their communities and supports planning and implementation of related activities
- Assists CAHs with developing strategies for engaging with community partners and targeting specific health needs
- Assists with building local/regional EMS capacity and performance in CAH communities and improving integration of EMS in local/regional systems of care
Please provide information about Collaboration/Shared Services
The North Dakota Flex Program, through a competitive RFP process, makes available a limited amount of funding to support programming that addresses a significant need identified by the hospital's most recent community health needs assessment process. These projects encourage collaboration between the CAH, local public health units and other community organizations and stakeholders, and promote community engagement and healthy behaviors.
Program Area: Support for Integration of Innovative Health Care Models
- Establishes a cohort of CAHs using ED CAHPS to improve ED patient experience
- Assist with care coordination improvement efforts through a cohort of ND CAHs involved in a patient messaging pilot project
Please provide information about any efforts to assist CAHs/communities and partner organizations in the transition to value-based care.
The North Dakota Flex Program provides a variety of resources and information, and partners with the state QIO and state hospital association to inform CAH staff, leadership and CAH board members about issues relative to the transition from volume to value-based care.
Please provide information about network activities in your state to support Flex Program activities.
The ND CAH Quality Network serves as a common platform for CAHs to share best practices, tools and resources related to providing quality of care. The mission of the network is to support ongoing performance improvement. Goals of the network include improving information sharing and networking at the regional and state level among CAHs, tertiary facilities and other stakeholders to prevent duplication of efforts. All of North Dakota's 36 CAHs are members of the network. An executive committee of CAH representatives serve as a decision-making body and provide leadership to the members as well as oversee the network's efforts. A stakeholder committee, represented by statewide partner organizations, provides feedback and a link to increase communication.
Please describe how your state Flex Program has enhanced its use of data in the past year.
For both HCAHPS and EDTC, the ND CAH Quality Network facilitates quarterly meetings in which data is shared and reviewed, identifying top CAH performers in the state. The network uses this platform to discuss and share best practices relative to HCAHPS and EDTC areas needing improvement.
Please share any resources or tools that you found useful in your state Flex Program's work this past year that you would recommend to your Flex Program colleagues.
The North Dakota Flex Program has purchased and made available resources created by the Walker Company for CAHs and trustees seeking to ensure their board discussions, deliberations and decisions are well-informed and evidence-based. These materials include topic-specific educational video links, informational "Board Briefs," sample templates, sample manuals, sample job descriptions, etc., and were purchased with direction from North Dakota CAHs, focusing on North Dakota CAH-identified priorities. North Dakota CAHs are free to use these governance education resources with leadership and board members, who are able to access them at any time using their facility-specific login information.
In addition, the Everyone's a Caregiver Mastery Frontline Series - HCAHPS Skills for Everyone, and HCAHPS Nursing Skills is free to each North Dakota CAH, through sponsorship of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). The content is designed to educate, engage and empower everyone to provide a world-class, compassionate patient experience in just one hour a month for 11 months.
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