Posted on July 21, 2017
Michigan was recently recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as being one of the 10 highest performing states for critical access hospitals (CAHs) in areas of data reporting and improvement over the past year. HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is charged with improving healthcare delivered to people who are medically or economically vulnerable or geographically isolated.
Other top hospitals recognized include Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin. The highest performing states built upon their former successes by investing Federal Office of Rural Health Policy funds into resources and quality improvement projects that improve care in rural communities.
CAHs generally serve rural communities and are classified as critical access by meeting a number of criteria, including having 25 or fewer beds. Low-volume hospitals participating in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project voluntarily report quality measures, specifically those relevant to a rural setting. In the U.S., 96 percent of the 1,340 CAHs are reporting quality measures.
CAHs are often limited in resources, but have a strong commitment to meet high standards and achieve quality care for every patient.
“CAHs and hospitals participating in the Great Lakes Partners for Patients (GLPP) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) voluntarily collaborate and use data to drive quality improvement and support sustainability over the long term within their organizations,” said Sam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, executive director, MHA Keystone Center.
The GLPP HIIN is a partnership among the MHA Keystone Center, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association that works toward reducing hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions. For more information, contact Sam R. Watson at the MHA Keystone Center.
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