Publications

The Flex Monitoring Team completes projects each year in a variety of topic areas such as CAH financial and operational improvement, patient safety, quality of care, Emergency Medical Services, and social determinants of health. These publications aim to evaluate the Flex Program and disseminate information to State Flex Programs, CAHs, and the general public. Our publications offer a wide range of information about Flex Program activities, best practices in CAHs, financial, quality, and community measures, and hospital services. Below is a list of publications from the Flex Monitoring Team. Publications are listed chronologically, in descending order. You can search by title and filter by topics and state. For data reports and publications relevant to specific states, please visit our State Profiles.

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Jill Klingner, Michelle Casey, Shailendra Prasad, Walter Gregg, Ira Moscovice
This report focuses on evidence-based surgical care QI programs and strategies that are applicable to inpatient and outpatient surgeries in CAHs,…
Shailendra Prasad, Jill Klingner, Michelle Casey, Walter Gregg, Ira Moscovice
This policy brief focuses on evidence-based AMI Quality Improvement (QI) programs and strategies that are applicable to CAHs, particularly with…
CAH Financial Indicators Team
All hospitals, regardless of size and organizational structure, benefit from comparative data on financial condition and performance. The unique…
Zach Croll, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson
The Institute of Medicine has emphasized the importance of establishing a culture of safety to improve patient care, specifically: developing clear,…
Zach Croll, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson
The Institute of Medicine has emphasized the importance of establishing a culture of safety to improve patient care, specifically: developing clear,…
Walter Gregg, Jill Klingner, Michelle Casey, Shailendra Prasad, Ira Moscovice
This policy brief focuses on evidence-based heart failure QI programs and strategies that are applicable to CAHs, particularly with respect to MBQIP…
Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Jill Klingner, Shailendra Prasad
The increased use of quality data for reporting and payment purposes has made it imperative to examine the rural-relevance of hospital quality…
Karen Pearson, Andrew Coburn
Inpatient falls are a serious patient safety problem in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).  Injuries from falls are also costly -- it is estimated…
John Gale
This policy brief summarizes the evidence for regional systems of care for patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI…
John Gale
This briefing paper discusses the evidence base for the development of regional systems of care for patients presenting with ST-segment elevation…