The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania (tied), Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana and Massachusetts. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy project uses Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grants to help CAHs voluntarily report on certain quality measures relevant to the care they provide, share data and participate in quality improvement initiatives. According to HRSA, 96% of the nation’s 1,340 CAHs report on rural-relevant quality measures. “Critical Access Hospitals may be limited in resources, but they have strong connections to their community and a commitment to quality care for every patient that is reflected in their effort to meet higher standards,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Food and Drug Administration Friday released draft guidance on how drug developers can apply for the agency’s Competitive Generic Therapies designation.
Insights and Analysis
As the 2019 chair of the AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals, I can attest that AHA is stepping up in a big way to grapple with the issues that affect…
Headline
Hospitals and clinicians are seeing fewer flu patients this season than in other recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Insights and Analysis
Please consider applying for the award and sharing how your organization is improving health equity and value.
Headline
Members of the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain, including dispensers such as hospitals and pharmacies, can apply through March 11 to participate in a…
Headline
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has entered a consent decree prohibiting Ranier’s Rx Laboratory Inc. from manufacturing or…