The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) is a quality improvement activity under the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) grant program. The goal of MBQIP is to improve the quality of care provided in small, rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). This is being done by increasing the voluntary quality data reporting by CAHs, and then driving quality improvement activities based on the data. This project provides an opportunity for individual hospitals to look at their own data, measure their outcomes against other CAHs and partner with other hospitals in the state around quality improvement initiatives to improve outcomes and provide the highest quality care to each and every one of their patients.
IMPORTANT: MBQIP is a required activity of the MT Flex Grant. To receive benefits from Flex Grant funds MT CAHs will need to report: at least 1 measure, for 2 quarters, in at least 3 of the four quality domains within a certain reporting period.
In reference to COVID-19:
MBQIP data submission will be optional over the coming months (see below for details) based on Critical Access Hospitals’ ability to report.
The current MBQIP policy change applies to data due for the upcoming reporting periods: Quarter 4, 2019 (Oct 1-Dec 31, 2019), Quarter 1, 2020 (Jan 1-Mar 31, 2020), Quarter 2, 2020 (Apr 1-Jun 30). Details on each MBQIP measure and impacted submission periods are available in an updated submission deadline schedule. FORHP will continue to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation and re-assess reporting requirements as needed.
Hospitals that are able to report MBQIP measures are encouraged to continue reporting, as measures will be used to inform FORHP about making improvements in care for rural populations. While hospitals direct their resources toward caring for ill patents and ensuring the health and safety of their staff, we at FORHP, recognize that any quality measure reporting during this national emergency may not be reflective of actual performance.