Data collection is an integral part of CMS’ hospital quality improvement initiatives. CART, the CMS Abstraction & Reporting Tool, is a powerful application for the collection and analysis of quality improvement data. Through data collection, retrospective analyses and real-time reporting, CART enables hospitals to comprehensively evaluate and manage quality improvement efforts. Whether a hospital is seeking Medicare certification or undertaking its own quality improvement initiatives, CART is ideal for the data collection and analyses that are essential to the success of all quality improvement efforts.

Navigating the data collection process can be complicated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in partnership with the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation, is offering CART Abstraction Training. This training will give the rare opportunity to abstract medical records together, as a group, utilizing the CMS Abstraction & Reporting Tool.

Specific topics covered in this training include:

  • Overview of MBQIP
  • Components of quality data collection
  • CART:  Group abstraction of medical records
  • How to report CART data to Quality Net
  • Review of medical records with specification manual

Reporting of data is required for continued eligibility for SHIP funding.

  • April 20:  Hotel at Old Town, Wichita
  • June 29:  Clarion Inn, Garden City
  • August 8:  Hyatt Place, Topeka

See the CART Training 2018 Brochure for additional information on these training sessions.

You may register for this program online by using this link:

While emergency care is important in all hospitals, the emergency department is particularly important in rural hospitals where the distance to urban tertiary care centers makes the effective triage, stabilization and transfer of patients with the necessary and appropriate information of life or death importance.

ED transfer communication measures allow facilities to show how well they carry out their important stabilize-and-transfer role for rural residents. These measures are included in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. MBQIP is a program of the Health Resources and Services Administration funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy’s Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program.

Join us for the Quality Corner Call at noon on May 16, when Susan Runyan will discuss Emergency Department Transfer Communication.

Quality Corner Calls are offered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation and focus on quality improvement activities consistent with the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program.

Watch the April 12 recording or view the slides.

Click HERE to register for the May 16 webinar.

Emergency Department Efficiencies Training Offered Nov 29 and Nov 30

It is critically important, now more than ever, for rural hospitals to have a renewed focus on quality and efficiency to stay relevant in this rapidly changing market place.  CFOs, business office staff, quality and risk managers, emergency department staff, nursing staff, and registration staff will all benefit from learning how both finance and quality can successfully connect in the Emergency Department.  This one-day training was offered in Hays and Wichita.

Training sessions focused on strategies to connect quality and finance in the emergency department. Topics include: Refresher on EMTALA and strategies for improving revenue cycle practices; How to build relationships with patients, partners and the community is essential to this concept; and Tools and ideas on how your hospital can begin to put quality measures and financial initiatives together to make current processes more efficient and improve patient satisfaction.

This project is designed to improve the utilization of Lean techniques and tools in Kansas hospitals. Reviewing internal processes and creating efficiencies is a recommended strategy to prepare for value based purchasing.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Collaborative model for improvement is followed.  Participating hospitals select a topic of focus to apply the Lean approach to, in real time, in order to realize improved performance in the selected topic area.  The focus of the project is to provide tools and knowledge in order to eliminate waste by thinking systematically about achieving optimal performance in the facility.

Click HERE to register for the informational webinar, which is scheduled for noon on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Patient and family engagement offers a promising pathway toward better-quality health care, more-efficient care, better patient and employee satisfaction, and improved population health. This project is designed to assist 5-7 Critical Access Hospitals in implementation of patient and family engagement metrics.

Anticipated outcomes of this project include:

  • Improve quality and safety;
  • Improve patient experience scores (CAHPS®);
  • Improve patient outcomes;
  • Improve patient satisfaction; and
  • Improve employee engagement and retention.

The project will run from March to November 2018. To hear the informational webinar, click HERE.

PSLC Gains National Attention

This project is being used an example of best practices in developing patient and family engagement across the nation.  Click HERE to see a report from Stratis Health about one Critical Access Hospital’s journey with patient and family engagement.