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Quality Improvement Implementation Guide and Toolkit for CAHs

Author: 
Stratis Health

This guide and toolkit offers strategies and resources to help critical access hospital (CAH) staff organize and support efforts to implement best practices for quality improvement. It includes:

  • A quality improvement implementation model for small, rural hospital settings
  • A 10-step guide to leading quality improvement efforts
  • Summaries of key national quality initiatives that align with the priorities of the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP)
  • Best practices for improvement for current MBQIP measures
  • A simple, Excel-based tool to assist CAHs with tracking and displaying real time data for MBQIP and other quality and patient safety measures to support internal improvement efforts
  • An Excel-based tool to help CAH quality and patient safety leaders prioritize and make decisions related to patient safety and quality planning

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.