Project Details

Analyzing Quality Reporting and Improvement of CAHs

Research Center(s): Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Ira Moscovice
Contact Person: Megan Lahr

The purpose of this project is to measure the quality performance of CAHs nationally and by state on an ongoing basis using quality measure data from the CMS Hospital Compare database. This project is based on continuing work that has been ongoing under the previous cooperative agreement. The project will be led by staff at the University of Minnesota. It will be an ongoing project for all five years of the cooperative agreement, with national and state-level reports prepared annually.

This project builds upon previous Flex Monitoring Team and UMN activities related to the development and field-testing of quality performance measures for small rural hospitals. In each year of the cooperative agreement, we will use annual quality measure data from the CMS Hospital Compare website to prepare a national report and state-level reports on CAH participation and performance in Hospital Compare for each Flex state.

At the request of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the FMT has completed annual rankings of states on CAH quality performance using inpatient, outpatient, HCAHPS and EDTC reporting and performance data. For more information about the methodology used in these rankings, view the MBQIP Award Winners and Methodology document. 

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