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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Megan Lahr, Nathan Bean, Ira Moscovice
This report summarizes reporting rates and performance among U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement…
Megan Lahr, Madeleine Pick, Tongtan Chantarat, Nathan Bean, Ira Moscovice
This report summarizes reporting rates and performance among U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement…
Tami Swenson
This report examines the trends in quality measures included in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). The analysis compares…
Shailendra Prasad
Preventable hospital readmissions are considered to be a marker of poor-quality care and may reflect problems with care coordination. Additionally,…
Alex Evenson, 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, Alex Evenson
Prior research based on field tests indicated that emergency department patient transfer communication measures are feasible and worthwhile to…
Alex Evenson, 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, 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,…
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…