Wisconsin Among Top Four States in US for Quality Performance at Rural Hospitals
WAUSAU – The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced that Wisconsin ranks among the top four states in the country for health care quality improvement at rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) for the second year in a row. Aspirus provides health care to a large portion of Wisconsin’s rural areas. The health care system has two CAHs (Aspirus Medford and Aspirus Langlade hospitals) and 14 clinics in rural areas
“We are honored to care for the hard-working people in rural Wisconsin,” said Aspirus President and CEO Matt Heywood. “Critical Access Hospitals provide essential health care for local residents, and the Aspirus family works hard every day to provide excellent, compassionate services to people throughout the region.”
Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) are certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. This program is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promotes a process for improving rural health care and focuses on community needs. CAHs are located in rural areas, can have a maximum of 25 acute-care inpatient beds and provide 24-hour emergency services.
This HRSA ranking comes from the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP). The project encourages the voluntary reporting and use of data to address specific quality improvement initiatives for rural hospitals. In Wisconsin, all 58 rural CAHs voluntarily provide MBQIP data.
Aspirus was recently recognized as a top 15 health care system by IBM Watson Health. Aspirus Langlade Hospital and Aspirus Medford Hospital were also recently named among the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.
All four Aspirus hospitals in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are also Critical Access Hospitals. Aspirus Ironwood Hospital and Aspirus Iron River Hospital were both named as a top 100 CAH for 2018 by Becker’s Hospital Review.