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Annual MBQIP Meeting

  • Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center (Ethan Allen Room) 100 State Street Montpelier, VT 05602 (map)


9:00 a.m.– 9:15 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast

9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.: Welcome & Introductions

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Overview of VT MBQIP Data – Identifying Opportunities & Celebrating Achievements - Hillary Wolfley, Health Data Analyst, VPQHC

9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: MBQIP and the Changing Landscape of Quality Reporting- Karla Weng, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Stratis Health

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: MBQIP and the Changing Landscape of Quality Reporting - Karla Weng, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Stratis Health

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: LUNCH

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Quality Partner Updates

- Flex & SHIP Grant Status - John Olson, M.Ed., Rural Health & Primary Care Chief, Vermont Department of Health

- QIN-QIO 12th Scope of Work - Elizabeth Winterbauer, MPH, CPHQ, State Program Director, Qualidigm

1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.: Improving Quietness at Night: Hospital QI Spotlight - Monica Boyd, MS, CPHQ, Sr. Director of Quality & Risk Management, Gifford Health Care

1:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.: BREAK

1:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.: Overview of H.A.R.P. (Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention) Program - Jennifer Read, MD, MS, MPH, DTM&H, Medical Epidemiologist and Chief, HAI Program, Vermont Department of Health

2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Developing and Sustaining an Antibiotic Stewardship Program: Hospital QI Spotlight - Sarah Sparks, PharmD, BCGP, Pharmacist, UVMHN-Porter Medical Center & Dr. Saul Nurok, MD, Emergency Medicine, UVMHN-Porter Medical Center

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Roundtable and closing remarks


  • Morning: The morning session will be focused on the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. The target audience for this portion includes Critical Access and Small-Rural Hospital Quality Directors and QI staff.

  • Afternoon: Afternoon presentations will address topics that are relevant to all of our Vermont hospitals. The target audience for this portion includes all Vermont hospital Quality Directors and QI staff. Please review the agenda to see which sections are most applicable to you/your staff.

Learning Objectives


  • Enhance your understanding of national efforts to support critical access hospitals (CAHs) with quality reporting and improvement, including an overview of the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) and how it aligns with quality reporting and improvement initiatives in Vermont.

  • Identify potential strategies for your facility through a review of national trends in quality reporting and improvement.

  • Enhance understanding of the status of your facility’s performance, and trends over time, on MBQIP measures, in relation to your colleagues, and national benchmarks.

  • Discuss key themes and issues related to quality measurement in rural hospitals, and how facilities can be engaged and prepared for upcoming changes.


  • Enhance understanding of Vermont statewide activities dedicated to preventing Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance.

  • Recognize key components of a successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and barriers that can be encountered when developing a stewardship program.

  • Identify cross-cutting strategies your colleagues have developed to improve their HCAHPS scores.