Feds Give WI’s Critical Access Hospitals Top Marks for Quality Excellence

August 13, 2020

Wisconsin’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are national standouts for health care quality and performance, according to the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The agency recently ranked Wisconsin’s CAHs third in the nation for the quality measures over the last 12-month period. Only Virginia and South Carolina were ranked higher. 

HRSA’s measures are from its Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP), which involves more than 1,350 hospitals across 45 states, including Wisconsin’s 58 CAHs. You can read HRSA’s announcement and more about MBQIP here. 

“Our Critical Access Hospitals have been national leaders in voluntarily reporting quality data,” WHA Chief Quality Officer Beth Dibbert said. “Wisconsin’s CAHs outperform state and national scores in important areas like patient satisfaction and infection rates. And by voluntarily reporting public and transparent measures, these hospitals proactively drive quality initiatives that ultimately benefit patient safety.”

MBQIP gives hospitals the opportunity to compare their data with that of other hospitals in the state and form partnerships to create strategies that can improve care in four measured areas: patient safety/inpatient, outpatient care, patient engagement and care transitions. 

“This ranking confirms again why we’re so proud of health care in this state, and WHA is privileged to be their voice,” WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding said. “No matter where you live in Wisconsin, patients get some of the best health care in the country right in their own community. 

“These accomplishments aren’t just by chance,” Borgerding said. “WHA is committed to helping our members achieve such strong results for their patients through our nationally-recognized quality improvement programming and effective advocacy in the state’s and nation’s capitals.” 

WHA’s CheckPoint is one example of Wisconsin hospitals’ commitment to sharing information about the quality and safety of health care services delivered in their communities. The hospitals reporting to CheckPoint provide care to more than 99% of the state’s patient population.

This story originally appeared in the August 13, 2020 edition of WHA Newsletter