Montana Rural Healthcare PIN

The Montana Rural Healthcare Performance Improvement Network or PIN assists member facilities in their efforts to achieve compliance with the Medicare Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conditions of Participation quality assurance regulations and also supports a multitude of other CAH quality improvement efforts.

Funded predominantly by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility grant, the PIN formed in 2002 with just 14 members. Today, all 48 Montana CAH’s are voluntary participants in this vibrant active network.

This month's Featured Facility

  • Prairie Community Hospital
  • PO Box 156
  • Terry, MT
  • 406-635-5511
  • Administrator: Candyce Payne
  • Nursing Director: Kay Schaaf
  • Quality Coordinator: Rhonda Fuhrman
  • Medical Director: Joe Leal, MD

In addition to quality improvement efforts, the PIN currently supports a variety of other projects outlined in the Network Strategic Plan. All PIN projects are designed to strengthen the fragile infrastructure of Montana’s small rural Critical Access Hospitals. Foremost in this list is a wide variety of network meetings for administrators, rural providers, quality coordinators, nursing directors and finance office managers. Other key activities include leadership training, clinical, operational and utilization data collection and reporting services, educational programming and a host of special projects determined necessary and useful by network members.

 

 

 

 

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