Quality Improvement

The Montana Hospital Association is committed to improving health care quality and patient safety. In collaboration with our partner organizations MHREF and MHA Ventures, we support MHA members in their mission improve performance and reduce costs by focusing on patient-centered care and eliminating unnecessary expenditures. Our commitment to improving the health of all Montana communities includes financial, technical and innovative program support on a variety of initiatives.

Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration (FCHIP)

The Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration (FCHIP) aims to improve health outcomes and reduce Medicare expenditures by testing new models of health care integration and coordination in rural counties. Outcomes and success will be measured by increased access to services, improvements in quality of care, increased patient satisfaction, and reductions in readmissions.

HealthCARE Montana – TAACCCT Grant

Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the United States, and most of the related occupations require workers to have skills that meet the needs of rapidly changing healthcare environments. HealthCARE Montana is a platform to build pathways to training programs that will meet the current and future needs of Montana healthcare facilities.

Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

The MHA HIIN project is working with 42 hospitals throughout the state of Montana to continue efforts to reduce all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2018.  MHA HIIN provides topic-specific resources, in-person and virtual events, data support, and networking opportunities to participating hospitals. The approach is to develop and distribute tools and resources focused around key organizational strategies for quality improvement that go beyond the quality improvement team and clinical interventions to improve the quality and safety of care provided to Montana communities.

Hospital Preparedness

A prepared healthcare system can maintain operations and surge to provide acute medical care during a disaster. The mission of the Hospital Preparedness Program is to build and maintain prepared healthcare system for Montana. Collaboration between MHA and the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services ensures that the hospitals have access to planning assistance, exercise assistance and appropriate training for response to events that impact Montana citizens and visitors.

Montana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

The Montana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) work to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to serving rural and underserved populations. MHA administers the North Central and South Central regional AHECs and provides programming and education to encourage students to pursue careers in the high skill, high pay and high demand health care industry.

Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX)

The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program provides funding to spur quality and performance improvement activities, stabilize rural hospital finance and integrate emergency medical services (EMS) into existing health care systems. The program encourages the development of cooperative systems of care in rural areas to increase efficiencies. Forty-eight of Montana’s critical access hospitals benefit from the program and participate in the Performance Improvement Network (PIN), which facilitates the sharing of resources related to meeting these goals.