National Rural Health Resource Center
Collaborating and innovating to improve the health of rural communities
The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving health care in rural communities. It focuses on five core areas: Transition to Value and Population Health, Collaboration and Partnership, Performance Improvement, Health Information Technology, and Workforce.
Rural Health Information Hub
Your First STOP for Rural Health INFORMATION
The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. They provide access to current and reliable resources along with tools for learning about rural health needs and ways to address them.
State Offices of Rural Health
Commissioner Sid Miller
The Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) joined the Texas Department of Agriculture in October 2011. Dedicated to serving the health needs of rural Texas, SORH staff work with local health care providers, county leaders and state partners to support access to quality health care for rural Texans.
Leading collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety
Stratis Health, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, is a nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety, and serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities.
Texas Hospital Association
Leading change to support all Texas hospitals to deliver accessible, affordable, high-quality health care
Serving Texas hospitals as the trusted source and unified voice to influence excellence in health care for all Texans. Leading change to support all Texas hospitals to deliver accessible, affordable, high-quality health care.
MBQIP Data Abstraction Training Series
This recorded training series is for critical access hospital (CAH) staff with responsibility for data collection of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Inpatient and Outpatient quality measures. Pick individual topics that you have questions about, or listen to the full series for a comprehensive overview of the process to identify each measure population and abstract the required data elements. To view with captions, click the "CC" icon in the lower right of the video.
A step-by-step guide on how to download the Excel-based data collection tool, enter data, and run reports to calculate your measures along with a guided overview of how to abstract the EDTC measure using the Data Specifications Manual.
|MBQIP Quality Reporting Guide||April 2022||This guide is intended to help Flex Coordinators, critical access hospital (CAH) staff and others involved with the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) understand the measure reporting process. For each reporting channel, information is included on how to register for the site, which measures are reported to the site and how to submit those measures to the site.|
|MBQIP Fundamentals Guide for State Flex Programs||February 2021||This guide provides an overview of the current status and history of the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). It is intended to help state Flex program personnel and relevant subcontractors understand the basics of MBQIP, including key resources available to support them in their work. The guide is organized by topic, and each section provides an overview of the topic and links to related resources that give more detail and direction. Users are strongly encouraged to review all linked materials.|
|Quality Director Handbook||August 2018||The Quality Director Handbook was created in response to a specific request from hospitals participating in the CAHQI project. The intent of the document is to provide up-to-date information, guidance, and resource links to those managing quality programs in critical access hospitals, with special attention toward those that may be new to the role. For questions or comments regarding the handbook, contact Karen Kendrick at (512) 465-1091 or Sheila Dolbow at (512) 465-1026.|
|Abstracting for Accuracy Project||June 2021||This project offers an opportunity for critical access hospitals (CAHs) to participate in an abstracting review process to help increase the validity of data collection and identify opportunities for additional training and clarification as it relates to chart abstraction. Review the Project Description and Guidelines for more information and to learn how to sign up.|
|Interpreting MBQIP Hospital Data Reports for Quality Improvement||March 2021||This guide is intended to help critical access hospital (CAH) staff use Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Hospital Data Reports to support quality improvement efforts and improve patient care.|
|Quarterly MBQIP Report Updates||February 2023||This document shares anticipated release dates for MBQIP Reports, as well as sharing a list of the most recently released reports.|
|Interpreting MBQIP Hospital Data Reports (Archived - Telligen Reports)||October 2018||This guide is intended to help critical access hospital (CAH) staff use Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Hospital Data Reports to support quality improvement efforts and improve patient care.|
|Anticipated MBQIP Data Reports Release Timelines||October 2021||Dates are estimated based on historic timelines. All dates are subject to change and do not account for the time required for state Flex programs to distribute data to hospitals.|
|How Small is Too Small?||This single page document discusses the importance of data reporting regardless of the number of cases or patients.|
|Eliminate the Denominator||This document discusses the importance of eliminating the denominator for performance indicators in order for health care organizations to compare against the theoretical ideal baseline, rather than comparing themselves to the competition.|
|Confirming That Your Data Has Been Accepted by the QualityNet Warehouse||This document provides a step-by-step guide to confirm your data has been accepted by QualityNet.|
|Past MBQIP Award Winners and Methodology||This document contains information about the methodology used to determine MBQIP Award winners each year since the awards were launched in 2015.|
|Ask Robyn||Ask Robyn - Quarterly Open Office Hour Calls for MBQIP Data Abstractors|
|QualityNet Training & Guides||QualityNet Secure Portal (QSP) has officially been retired and replaced with hqr.cms.gov and eqrs.cms.gov for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Reporting, respectively.|
|Frequently Asked Questions||Frequently asked questions regarding the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP)|
|Texas State Office of Rural Health||The Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) contracts with the Texas Hospital Association and Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute to provide technical assistance on the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). Technical assistance consisted of 14 virtual quality improvement site visits, quarterly quality improvement webinars, a focus group of 15 CAH quality champions who were tasked with developing a Texas quality improvement (QI) scorecard, and development and deployment of a one-stop MBQIP reporting portal (MBQIP Portal).|