Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement
The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) is a nation-wide quality improvement initiative created by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the Rural Medicare Flexibility program (FLEX).
The goals of the MBQIP:
– Improve rural quality care access for rural Medicare beneficiaries served
– Support critical access hospitals in quality data reporting
– Build a national data base to be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of rural quality improvement initiatives
MBQIP will allow the Federal Office to gain early access to data already being submitted to CMS Quality Net/Hospital Compare. ORHP will aggregate critical access hospital (CAH) quality data for national benchmarking that will include rural appropriate and relevant measures.
MBQIP Sign Up Information
Hospitals participating in the MBQIP voluntarily agree to report on a select group of rural-relevant CMS Core Quality Measures starting September 2011, and grant the Federal Office permission to access this hospital-level data from the CMS Quality Net Data Warehouse.
The Federal Office is strongly encouraging 100% CAH participation in the MBQIP with all CAHs first signing a Participation Agreement Form from their State FLEX program.
As of March 2012, over 65% of Kansas’ 83 Critical Access Hospitals have voluntarily signed up.
MBQIP Resources and Information for Hospitals
MBQIP Check List
| MBQIP Webinar 1
| Confused about Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Webinar 2 with Common QI Acronyms
| Confused about Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Webinar 2 Recording
| Common QI Acronyms
| MBQIP Q & A
| Kansas Foundation for Medical Care – resource for technical assistance
Quality Health Indicators – web benchmarking tool
Future Trainings, Educational Webinars, and Technical Assistance Opportunities
CMS Abstract and Reporting Tool (CART) Trainings
HCAHPS Webinars: The Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC) recently hosted two webinars: HCAHPS 101 and Moving HCAHPS into Practice in CAHs. Besides basic information on HCAHPS and its importance to CAHs, other information includes a quick overview of the MBQIP Phase 2 Outpatient Measures and HCAHPS expectations and HCAHPS experiences and insights from a network of CAHs in North Dakota. The webinar recordings and supporting materials are now available on the TASC website and can be found at http://www.ruralcenter.org/events/tasc.For a directory of certified national vendors, click here: Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Vendor Directory Overview.