Rural Emergency Quality Series

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As the U.S. healthcare system moves towards value-based payment reform, hospitals and physicians are working to prepare themselves for the increased emphasis on linking payment to quality measures. This is uniquely challenging for rural hospitals and rural emergency departments who operate in low-resource settings.

In alliance with ACEP, the Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL) was formed through support from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. E-QUAL will help your rural ED meet the quality requirements of MIPS and allow you to improve your Medicare payments. 

Dr. Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen, an EM rural health researcher, has collaborated with E-QUAL to create a rural-ED specific initiative called the Rural Emergency Quality Series (REQS). We know that QI projects look different at rural EDs, when compared to urban, academic centers - and we want to help you address these unique challenges. 

The REQS is a series of webinars that go hand-in-hand with the E-QUAL collaboratives. The REQS house the Rural Toolkits. which are combination of Webinars and Ready-To-Use Tools to help you more easily implement QI projects in rural EDs. Each REQS will feature a rural experts and a rural ED - or rural academic center of excellence (ACE) - who has already successfully implemented a QI project on these topics.

Interested in partnering with the Rural E-QUAL initiative? 
Please contact Dr. Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen (

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