This report describes four case studies that highlight
the strategies employed by Quality Improvement
Organizations (QIOs) to help small rural hospitals
implement successful quality improvement initiatives.
These case studies are presented with the goal of
describing successful QIO-hospital relationships, where
success is measured in terms of quality improvement.
These relationships are spotlighted to emphasize the
value that rural hospitals derive from the technical
assistance offered to CAHs and small rural providers.
This study was conducted by staff at Social and
Scientific Systems, Inc., under contract to the NORC
Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.