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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Tami Swenson, Michelle Casey
This report examines the trends in quality measures included in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). The analysis compares…
Emma Distel, Michelle Casey, Shailendra Prasad
Preventable hospital readmissions are considered to be a marker of poor-quality care and may reflect problems with care coordination. Additionally,…
Michelle Casey, Emma Distel, Shailendra Prasad, Peiyin Hung
Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in hospitals have garnered considerable attention in recent years and are the focus of multiple national and…
Jill Klingner, Ira Moscovice, Michelle Casey
Prior research based on field tests indicated that emergency department patient transfer communication measures are feasible and worthwhile to…
Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice
This data summary report presents comparisons of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) reporting and performance rates from 2012 vs. the first six months of…
Jill Klingner, Shailendra Prasad
This report examines evidence-based medication safety Quality Improvement (QI) programs and strategies that could be implemented in Critical Access…
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,…
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…