University of Wisconsin
Top Flex Activities
CAH Quality Improvement
In 2019, the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WORH) sponsored a Risk Management 101 Workshop that explored major risks facing hospitals today and gave risk managers an opportunity to practice Failure Mode, Effects Analysis and Root Cause Analysis to promote continuous learning and improvement.
In addition to reimbursing critical access hospitals (CAHs) for participating in the American Heart Association's (AHA) Get with the Guidelines for Stroke improvement, WORH is recruiting CAHs to work on coronary artery disease improvement.
New in 2019, WORH has a cohort of 10 CAHs working on sepsis care tracking and improvement.
WORH will be pursuing two new antibiotic stewardship initiatives this year. One is a research project studying Fluoroquinolone prescriptions in CAHs. The other is a cohort of 12 CAHs tracking antibiotic use, attending webinars on antibiotic stewardship, and sharing best practices.
CAH Operational and Financial Improvement
The Wisconsin Flex Program has provided funding for four CAHs and their financial improvement projects. All CAHs have reporting requirements that are submitted to the WORH. They continue to monitor and update WORH’s Operational and Financial Assessment as needed, using the most current data available from the Flex Monitoring Team (FMT).
CAH Population Health Improvement
WORH has several population health improvement projects. The Flex Program is funding three CAHs obesity reduction projects over a four-year period.
One CAH is receiving funds for a substance abuse project targeting opioid use.
A new project they are pursuing this year is providing in-home health screening to 50 farmers or their family members.
Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Improvement
In 2019, WORH collaborated with several EMS stakeholder organizations to support Wisconsin EMS Advocacy Day. EMS leaders from around the state came together to discuss key issues facing rural EMS and offer constituents the opportunity to discuss these issues with their legislators. WORH will be presenting three EMS leadership workshops throughout the state.
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There are several new networks working together in Wisconsin this year. In addition to stroke care, they will have networks for sepsis care, antibiotic stewardship, and coronary artery disease. These networks meet via teleconference to support quality improvement efforts.
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