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.

Rural hospital mergers with health systems increased steadily between 2009 and 2014, which prior research has found may have implications for…
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
The objectives of this project are to improve financial and operational performance of CAHs through evaluation of the impact of State Flex Program…
Current 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…
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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
COVID-19 has posed unique challenges to rural communities and rural hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The ability of CAHs to…
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​​​​​As the COVID-19 pandemic has persisted, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) have found innovative ways to support their workforce. In this project…
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​​​​​In this project the Flex Monitoring Team will work with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to evaluate quality improvement activities…
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​​​​​​This project will produce recommendations for the future of the Flex Program, given challenges posed by COVID-19. COVID-19 has exposed the…
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​​​​​This project will identify a rural-relevant minimum data set of core EMS (Emergency Medical Services) agency licensure elements for…
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​​​​​This project will compare Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) participating and not participating in Value-Based Care (VBC) initiatives in order to…
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​​​​​This project seeks to examine the involvement of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in multi-sector community health networks and to identify…
Current Project
More than 25 million people in the U.S. have limited English proficiency (LEP), and studies have found several improved health care outcomes when a…
Current Project