Quality Improvement Strategies and Best Practices in Critical Access Hospitals

Publication Date: September 2nd, 2004
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
Author(s): Casey, M. and Moscovice, I.

Journal of Rural Health

Critical access hospitals (CAHs) face many challenges in implementing quality improvement (QI) initiatives, which include limited resources, low volume of patients, small staffs, and inadequate information technology. A primary goal of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program is to improve the quality of care provided by CAHs. This article describes key quality improvement initiatives for a national sample of CAHs that are actively involved in implementing quality-related initiatives in collaboration with support hospitals and statewide organizations.

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