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Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project

We created the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) to improve the quality of care patients receive in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) (PDF - 1 MB).

MBQIP focuses these efforts in the 45 states that participate in the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. Through Flex, MBQIP works with more than 1,350 rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).

How does the MBQIP help hospitals?

MBQIP supports CAHs reporting on quality measures collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

These measures help CAHs understand health care processes, outcomes, patient perceptions, and organizational structure and systems to guide decisions about improvements to health care services.

Quality improvement efforts focus on strategies for hospitals serving smaller patient groups.

What data must hospitals collect and report?

Hospitals collect and report quality measurement data.

What are the four areas of focus?

  • Patient Safety/Inpatient
  • Outpatient Care
  • Patient Engagement
  • Care Transitions

What can hospitals do with this data?

They can review their data and compare their outcomes to similar hospitals in their state. Then, they can form partnerships to design activities to make improvements. The goal is for improved patient outcomes.

How do hospitals that participate in MBQIP affect their communities?

Rural hospitals are a safety net to people living in rural communities. They provide valuable health services to the medically underserved.

Through MBQIP, states and CAHs can use data to improve the quality of care these patients receive.

Which states perform the best?

Every year, we recognize the top 10 states who achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in CAHs over the past 12 months.

Top 10 in 2021

  1. Virginia
    South Carolina*
  2. Nebraska
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Utah
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Michigan
    North Dakota*
  7. Georgia
    New York*

*These states had identical scores.

How can my hospital participate in the MBQIP?

Contact your State Flex Program.

Contact Us

Natalia Vargas, MPH
MBQIP Program Lead
Phone: 301-945-0782
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