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:

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.

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.

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.