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NCD Pacing Event

Diverse Business Group Business Audience

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 11/15 Pacing Event: “CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks’ (HIINs) Efforts to Support Rural Health”

Across the HIINs, small, rural, and critical access hospitals represent approximately one-third of the CMS HIIN program’s hospitals. This CMS Pacing Event celebrated National Rural Health Day with a series of presentations that highlighted a sample of HIIN-driven efforts to support rural health through initiatives that focus on the access to care and quality improvement needs of rural and critical access hospitals. The presentations provided examples of the work being conducted, the impact of the initiatives, and the barriers and lessons learned specific to work in rural health. In addition, a portion of the webinar focused on the role of engaging patients and family members in this important work.

Specifically, the session featured presentations from:

  • Yvonne Chow, MPP, from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), who framed the event and provided updates relevant to the work of rural and critical access hospitals;
  • Adam Kohlrus, MS, CPHQ, CPSS, Assistance Vice President of Quality, Safety, and Health Policy at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (Michigan HIIN), who presented the state’s work with Southern Illinois University (SIU) to establish an ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) hub that provides rural clinicians with specialty knowledge to improve care and outcomes;
  • Meg Kilcup, PharmD, Director of Quality and Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, and Lisa Segerstrom, MA, CPPS, Director of Quality and Performance Improvement, Patient Safety, at the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA HIIN), who discussed their HIIN’s efforts to support work in telemedicine, diabetes management, and quality improvement education for rural hospitals; and
  • Sarah Derr, PharmD, Medication Management Lead at the Iowa Health Collaborative (Iowa HIIN), who discussed the HIIN’s Opioid Guardianship Project, including efforts and results to-date, barriers and lessons learned, and next steps in expanding this work.

The session was moderated by Bruce Spurlock, MD (NCD).

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