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.

Purpose This project had two components: the continuation of our evaluation of innovative projects by State Flex Programs, and the continuation of…
Completed Project
Purpose The purpose of this project was to analyze the efforts of State Flex Program initiatives to support the development of time-critical…
Completed Project
Research shows that chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are more prevalent among rural residents than their urban…
Completed Project
This project identified, assessed, and synthesized the evidence-base for the development and implementation of performance measures to monitor and…
Completed Project
Community paramedicine is capturing attention from state Flex and EMS programs; several states (e.g., Nebraska, Colorado, Maine, and Minnesota) are…
Completed Project
Flex Program Guidance calls for the development of local/regional systems of care and the integration of EMS into those systems of care. As an…
Completed Project
This project profiled strategies, tools, and processes used by State Flex Programs to assess rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) needs and…
Completed Project
This project analyzed the implications of using Hospital Compare and Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) data for calculating…
Completed Project
This project used data from the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) to analyze trends in CAH reporting and performance on…
Completed Project
The purpose of this project was to develop and disseminate a list of evidence-based patient safety tools and strategies appropriate for use by state…
Completed Project
Building on the ten-year history of the CAH Financial Indicator Report, the Flex Monitoring Team moved toward reports of individual hospital…
Completed Project
This project sought to: (1) identify evidence-based transfer protocols and other approaches/tools for effecting safe care transitions between…
Completed Project
The purposes of this project were to: 1) identify successful evidence-based quality improvement (QI) programs and strategies related to acute…
Completed Project
The purpose of this project was to conduct a meta-analysis that summarizes information about rural-relevant hospital quality measures and alternative…
Completed Project
Purpose The purposes of this project were to identify successful evidence-based programs to improve stroke care that could be replicated in CAHs and…
Completed Project
The purposes of this project were to assess the feasibility of using the new CMS hospital-wide all-cause unplanned readmission measure to monitor…
Completed Project