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Quality Council Report


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2011 Rural Health Summit presentation

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Quality Council Report

  1. 1. Quality Council Update <br />Edna Rensing, Chair, Quality Council <br />
  2. 2. Quality Council Representatives<br />American Heart Association (Virginia)<br />Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield<br />Appalachian College of Pharmacy<br />Critical Access Hospitals<br />Healthy Appalachia Institute<br />Northern Neck Middle Peninsula Telehealth<br />Long-term Care<br />Rural Hospitals<br />Virginia Business Coalition on Health<br />Virginia Department of Health<br />Virginia Health Information<br />Virginia Rural Center<br />Virginia Telehealth Network<br />
  3. 3. Goal 1Address the recommendations of the Virginia Rural Health Plan <br />Objective 1: Maintain the function of the Quality Council<br />Three teleconferences, 1 face-to face<br />Minutes are posted<br />Thank Mara for keeping track of us – no easy task<br />
  4. 4. Goal 2Host a statewide Rural Health Quality Summit.<br />Objective 1: Provide means for small rural and critical access hospitals to attend quality improvement conferences or summits.<br />Quality Council reviewed available data and determined 1-2 specific areas of need and topics to address.<br />Healthy lifestyles and risk factor reduction for chronic illness<br />Based on VDH data, selected health districts Cumberland Plateau, Lenowisco, and Mount Rogers.<br />Offered training grants to hospitals in those regions, specifically related to programs addressing healthy lifestyle/disease management offerings.<br />Application process as well as follow-up to receive funding up to $750 per applicant.<br />First invitation to participate - December 2010.<br />
  5. 5. SHIP Training Grant Application<br />Training Grant Guidelines<br />Conferences and other educational events should address one or more of the following risk factors:<br /><ul><li>Arthritis
  6. 6. Asthma
  7. 7. Diabetes
  8. 8. Sedentary lifestyle
  9. 9. Obesity
  10. 10. High blood pressure
  11. 11. High cholesterol
  12. 12. Tobacco use
  13. 13. Alcohol abuse
  14. 14. High stress</li></ul>On the following pages (two pages maximum, one inch margins, and font no smaller than 12pt), describe: <br /><ul><li>Which risk factor(s) this event will address
  15. 15. How the event will address the risk factor (intake screening, community education, staff awareness, etc)
  16. 16. If the event will provide training specific to disparate groups (minorities, impoverished, etc)
  17. 17. How attending the event will assist you in making health-related improvements in your community</li></ul>On an additional page (one page maximum) describe how you will share what you have learned at this event with others. Sample activities include in-service training at your facility, hosting a community forum, speaking at a webinar for staff of other SHIP facilities, and development of a program or project. <br />
  18. 18. Goal 2Host a statewide Rural Health Quality Summit.<br />Objective 2: Provide means for small rural and critical access hospitals to attend quality improvement trainings electronically.<br />Electronic and/or teleconferencing will allow more staff to attend and decrease costs.<br />Shared on the VRHA Weekly Updates.<br />
  19. 19. Goal 3Increase the number of health promotion/disease prevention programs through grants to rural communities.<br />Objective 1: Develop “Resource Library” by coordinating with other councils to develop central site for all quality programs including all surveys, assessments, literature reviews.<br />Beyond scope of Quality Council and would require dedicated staff to coordinate. On hold for now.<br />
  20. 20. Objective 2: Begin the process of identifying, planning, and implementing a statewide, community based health promotion/disease prevention program. <br />Criteria developed to assess any potential programs.<br />Developing talking points to begin discussions in rural areas.<br />Questions remain. What would be role of Quality Council and where would funds come from to assist in finding opportunities?<br />Goal 3Increase the number of health promotion/disease prevention programs through grants to rural communities.<br />
  21. 21. Goal 4Create a database that supports rural‐relevant and meaningful indicators and increased transparency of quality data.<br />Objective 1: Centralize currently available transparent quality data.<br />Data Portal – work with data group to better define current indicators as well as add additional publicly reported measures.<br />
  22. 22. Progress and Questions<br />Membership on the council is more representative – groups, regions<br />But are we missing the community itself?<br />Training grants during economically strapped times.<br />Ken Cook calling to assess small number of applications in the focused areas. <br />Role of council – community programs.<br />What is role of the Council?<br />