Quality Improvement Organizations' Contributions to Rural Hospital Performance
This qualitative study is being conducted to identify examples - which may be replicated by other rural hospitals that choose to obtain technical assistance from QIOs - in which rural hospitals have worked successfully with QIOs to improve performance in the areas listed above. As part of this study Walsh Center staff will interview CMS, QIO, and rural hospital staff to identify "best practices' in the each of three areas: (1) process improvement, (2) health IT implementation, and (3) safety culture change. It is expected that the information gathered through this project will assist both rural hospitals and QIOs to advance quality of care and CMS in shaping its QIO policies so as to ensure continuous quality improvement among rural hospitals and CAHs.
Achieving Success in QIO and Rural Hospital Partnerships (Final Report)
NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
This report describes four case studies that highlight the strategies employed by QIOs to help small rural hospitals implement successful quality-improvement initiatives.