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Applying Quality Improvement Practices To Critical Access Hospitals

Published Friday, January 9, 2015

Stratis Health, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Flex Program, is offering free tuition to participate in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School. This initiative will allow for up to five quality improvement professionals in each of Minnesota’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to participate.

About IHI Open School

The IHI Open School mission is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals. Course work includes modules for patient safety, improvement capability, quality cost and value, person and family centered care, Triple AIM for populations, and leadership. This online course, Applying Quality Improvement Practices To Critical Access Hospitals, offers a certificate when all the modules are completed.

Participation Requirements

This year we are opening up the registration so that quality improvement professionals at CAHs have the option to participate as a team of up to five members. Participants will:

  • Attend or view the recorded kick-off/orientation webinar
  • Complete each module in the IHI Open School between February 4 and September 15, 2015
  • Take part in three networking conference calls that will be held between February and September 2015 to discuss completed modules and how they apply specifically to work in a CAH
  • Share the best practices and barriers to implement performance improvement reviewed in the course
  • As part of the online registration process, participants will give permission to share their name and organization with the project participants, sponsor, and attest to leadership support to complete the educational program.

CAH quality improvement professionals, please register for the program by February 13, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Vicki Tang Olson, program manager, at 952-853-8554 or Katie Carleton, project coordinator, at 952-853-8582.