Part of the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP), the Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) quality measure is National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed (NQF #291), and relevant to small rural hospitals. This measure is being implemented by critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) because small rural hospitals frequently transfer a higher proportion of emergency department (ED) patients than larger urban facilities. It is an important goal of MBQIP to help hospitals improve care transitions, including ED transfers, in order to reduce preventable hospital readmissions and adverse events in hospitals.
Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
Quarterly: January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31
The Nevada Office of Rural Health will collect this information on a quarterly basis and report to CMS.
Utilize the Stratis data collection tool (note: download the appropriate tool for your version of Excel for each calendar year; you may need to enable macros for this tool to work properly).
Becky Bayley, MBA
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Nevada Rural Hospital Partners
4600 Kietzke Lane, Suite I-209
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 827-4770
Laima Etchegoyhen, MPH
Outreach and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Nevada Flex Program Coordinator
Office of Statewide Initiatives
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
604 West Moana Lane, MS 3150
Reno, Nevada 89509
Potential loss of Flex grant funding for not meeting eligibility requirements.
MBQIP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The Emergency Department Transfer Communication (EDTC) measure includes one composite and eight elements:
For more information go to: https://stratishealth.org/toolkit/emergency-department-transfer-communication/