Projects

Each year, the Flex Monitoring Team conducts several projects in the areas of quality performance, financial performance, and community engagement. Select a description below to find out more information about the project and any associated publications. Our current projects are listed first, followed by completed projects.

This project explored the financial consequences of health information technology (IT) in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other rural hospitals…
Completed Project
The COVID-19 pandemic initially struck hardest in densely populated metro areas, but as the virus continues to spread its effects on strained rural…
Current Project
Under Program Area 3, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy set forth three areas in which State Flex Programs (SFPs) could aim to build Critical…
Current Project
Federal data collection often overlooks or fails to retain rural-relevant measures, leaving Flex programs with fewer measures with which to assess…
Current Project
The purpose of this project is to fulfill the Flex Monitoring Team’s three-pronged evaluation of the operational and financial health, quality…
Current Project
The purposes of this project were: 1) to generate State Flex Program monitoring data that states would be submitting under the new program guidance;…
Completed Project
Purpose The purpose of this project was to analyze the efforts of CAHs to develop systems of care that support the provision of these core health…
Completed Project
The purpose of this project was to measure the community benefit and impact performance of CAHs nationally and by state using data from the American…
Completed Project
This project aimed to identify the extent to which CAH-based Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are providing mental health services, how they are…
Completed Project
As the hub of local health care systems, CAHs can play an important role in addressing the problems of opioid use in their communities. For this…
Current Project
This project will continue the tracking of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) conversions. A CAH management information dataset, housed at the University…
Current Project
The Critical Access Hospital Measurement and Performance Assessment System (CAHMPAS) is a web-based data query tool that allows users to search…
Current Project
In FY19, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) presented State Flex Programs (SFPs) with an opportunity to receive $250,000 per year in…
Current Project
Rural hospital mergers with health systems increased steadily between 2009 and 2014, which prior research has found may have implications for…
Current Project
While the financial challenges of Critical Access Hospitals and the spate of rural hospital closures have recently garnered national attention,…
Current Project
The Flex Monitoring Team’s past research indicates Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) need support in their efforts identifying and addressing…
Current Project