Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Quality and Performance Improvement Grant Activities under the Flex Program

Abstract: 

A review of the 45 grant applications submitted to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy for Fiscal Year 2005 demonstrated that the State Flex Programs are committed to quality and performance improvement, with 30 percent of requested funding across the states going toward a variety of quality and performance improvement activities spanning a range of clinical, operational, and financial themes. Categories of quality improvement activities included improving clinical, operational, and financial performance; financial and organizational performance; promoting a culture of quality improvement; participating in national quality efforts; implementing health information technology (HIT) systems; and addressing patient safety and satisfaction issues.
State activities acknowledge the different quality measurement needs of rural hospitals through the development of benchmarks and transfer protocols specific to CAHs and other small, rural hospitals. Some state programs proposed activities to build in-state knowledge and capacity and to assess current conditions, particularly in the areas of balanced scorecards, HIT, and patient safety. The Flex Program?s grant-making capacity supports a wide range of local initiatives designed to improve the quality of patient care and hospital operations.

Publication Type: 
Report
Publish Date: 
August 1, 2006
URL: 
http://flexmonitoring.org/documents/BriefingPaper12_QIactivities.pdf

Profile of Rural Residential Care Facilities Chartbook

Profile of Rural Residential Care Chartbook Cover

Using data from the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, this chartbook from the Maine Rural Health Research Center presents information on a slice of the rural LTSS continuum—the rural residential care facility (RCF).  Survey results identify important national and regional differences between rural and urban RCFs, focusing on the facility, resident and service characteristics of RCFs and their ability to meet the LTSS needs of residents.

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.

 

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