The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP)

The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program 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 critical access hospitals (CAHs), by increasing 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. To participate in Flex funded opportunities, CAHs are required to report on MBQIP Measures.  The Office of Rural Health (ORH) offers technical assistance on MBQIP through:
  • Utilization of Flex dollars to provide activities to support CAHs in their reporting efforts
  • Customized opt-in MBQIP Benchmarking
  • User-friendly Telligen reports
  • Quality improvement training opportunities
  • Peer learning exchanges
MBQIP's Core Improvement Initiatives fall under four rural relevant domains:
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient Engagement
  • Care Transitions
  • Outpatient
Additional domains are recommended but not required under MBQIP. To be eligible for Flex funding, CAHs are required to focus on the Core Improvement Initiatives. For additional detail on these domains, click here

MBQIP ON-DEMAND RESOURCE CENTER:

ORH offers on demand learning opportunities for new and experienced CAH quality staff to view at their convenience. Below is a list of on-demand webinars available (slides and supporting materials are provided at these links as well):Additional, on demand resources:

TOOLKITS | GUIDES | RESOURCES:

ORH has developed a Critical Access Hospital Quality Reporting Overview Guide to assist new and experienced Quality Officers with reporting requirements at their CAH.

In partnership with Health Insight of Oregon, ORH offers regular Peer-to-Peer Round Tables Calls to CAH Quality Officers and staff. In addition to presenting an educational component, the Round Tables provide a peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunity for quality staff. Contact Stacie Rothwell, Field Services Program Manager at if you are interested in participating in the next call.

The National Rural Health Resource Center provides an abundance of MBQIP specific resources to assist CAHs. Access the MBQIP Resource Page or FAQs.

Quality Net offers the following resources:

The MBQIP Monthly Newsletter provides up-to-date information about the MBQIP Program including training, tips, tools and resources.
Healthcare Provider Influenza Vaccine Toolkit developed by the Oregon Immunization Program to assist CAHs with increasing their influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers and patients for MBQIP measures: IMM-2 and OP-27.

Quality Improvement Implementation Guide and Toolkit for Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Resource Center

QUESTIONS | ASSISTANCE:

If you have a question about the MBQIP program, please contact: 

Stacie Rothwell | | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.