MT Flex Improvement Project Formats

MBQIP 2 Outcomes (M2O)

As Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) transition to Value Based Care, quality improvement data will not only be measured, but utilized to determine reimbursement rates.  To facilitate this transition, the Flex Program has integrated the QI Coordinator Education and QI Project opportunities into the MBQIP 2 Outcomes (M2O) Project Program.  The focus of the M2O Project Program is to transition from data collection to doing by providing educational support, tools and networking opportunities to facilitate rapid-cycle improvement projects utilizing your facility’s MBQIP data.

The M2O Project Program will conduct a rapid-cycle improvement project each spring and summer, focusing on a specific MBQIP measure (HCAHPS, OP, IP or EDTC) by offering hands-on learning with measureable outcomes for all QI Coordinators along with their project teams.  By focusing on improving one measure at a time in each M2O Project, the network will facilitate systematic statewide improvement, moving the needle in Montana.


2019 M2O Project: Improving Cardiac Care

2020 M2O Project:  Improving Care Transitions, Discharge Planning & Reducing Readmissions


Quality Improvement Study (QIS)

Quality Improvement Studies (QIS) utilize a statewide approach to improvement projects. Data is analyzed to identify opportunities for targeted improvement and to define specific project goals. Project resources, sample templates and toolkits are developed as needed to address the measure(s) targeted for improvement. Project resources are designed to meet CAH needs based on input from CAH staff regarding existing challenges as well as best practices utilized by high performing CAHs. QIS resources are disseminated to CAH staff through the PIN website or email. QIS projects are generally implemented over an extended period of time, from 6 to 12 months and are independently managed by CAH quality staff.

Past Studies

To view tools and resources from previous studies, go to the MT CAH Document Library and enter the topic in the search box.

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Decubitus Pressure Ulcer
  • ED Transfer Communication Study
  • Emergency Department Assessments
  • Falls
  • High Alert Medications
  • MRSA
  • OP 4 & 5 – Aspirin at Arrival in the ED and Median Time to ECG in the ED
  • Pediatric Emergency Care
  • Peri-Operative Instructions
  • Readmissions
  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury