The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Telligen the Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement (RQITA). The resource center was created to help rural health care organizations overcome challenges and improve health care and quality of care using data, measurement, and improvement activities.
The program provides technical assistance for HRSA beneficiaries to expand capacity in improving quality of care and health outcomes in rural areas. Through this new initiative, Telligen will work with 45 states funded through the Medicare Rural Flexibility (Flex) program that support approximately 1,350 critical access hospitals, as well as 15 grantees of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement program to ensure success in using data to drive high quality, high value patient care for rural facilities.
Resources like RQITA are vital to helping build local and state capacity to improve patient outcomes in a sustainable manner that ensures no rural provider is left behind.
Telligen will support RQITA by:
- Expanding capacity to use data for quality improvement
- Providing technical assistance to improve the use of health information technology and related quality measurement and improvement efforts, focusing on electronic measures & using existing and new products to increase rural reporting & quality improvement
- Supporting implementation of quality measures, measure reporting and rural-relevant measures
- Identifying and disseminating evidence-based strategies to use data for quality improvement in alignment with other federal partners and quality programs
“We are excited to partner with HRSA and the broader Flex community to support rural quality improvement across the nation.” said Bruce Grotenhuis, Vice President of Federal Health Solutions.
Read more about the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) here: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/grants/rural-hospitals/flex.