Vermont Rural Hospitals Deliver Top Performance

Vermont Rural Hospitals Deliver Top Performance
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For Release: November 17, 2016

Vermont Rural Hospitals Deliver Top Performance

Burlington, VT - November 17, 2016 -- The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage recognize Vermont as having 7 rural hospitals score in the top 25% of performance in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation.

The rankings have been determined through the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most objective and comprehensive assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed this data-driven program to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.

Leaders from rural health communities across the U.S. celebrate National Rural Health Day and recognize the tremendous accomplishments that have been achieved in rural healthcare this year. Michael Topchik, National Leader of the recently established Chartis Center for Rural Health, commented, “Rural providers play a critical role in the healthcare safety net for rural America. National Rural Health Day gives us the opportunity to spotlight the great value and importance of rural and critical access hospitals, particularly important as these facilities face unprecedented challenges.”

Vermont has 8 critical access hospitals and five mid-size community hospitals located in rural areas.  The State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, located within the Vermont Department of Health, works with these hospitals and other partners to support quality improvement in clinical care as well as financial & operational sustainability.  The State Office commends the following hospitals for their performance among their peers across the nation.


2 Rural Hospitals are recognized for Excellence in Quality – Top quartile performers in the Quality-Based pillar of INDEX (AMI, HF, PN, SCIP, OP Process of Care Scores)



4 Rural Hospitals are recognized for Excellence in Outcomes – Top quartile performers in the Outcomes pillar of INDEX (Patient Safety Indicators, Readmissions, Mortality).





2 Rural Hospitals are recognized for Excellence in Financial Strength – Top quartile performers in the Financial Stability pillar of INDEX (Leverage, Liquidity, Capital Efficiency, and Resource Availability).




The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. iVantage is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry, which recently established the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Learn more at

Job Opening - Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice


CVHHH is seeking an energetic quality management professional who champions the organization’s mission to continuously improve the quality and service of care provided to our home health and hospice patients and clients. This seasoned “hands on” executive pursues opportunities to improve patient care and assists through offering guidance in the resolution of challenges identified. 

Director of Quality Management Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, analyzes, evaluates and reports on the quality improvement and clinical risk management programs and activities for home health and hospice. Oversees cross organizational teams to ensure improvement in performance that supports patient care and safety.
  • Oversees State and Federal regulatory readiness and HIPAA privacy compliance. 
  • Oversees CVHHH’s telehealth program including a telehealth contract with the Community Health Accountable Care (CHAC) organization, and supervises the RN Telehealth Manager and the RN Central Care Coordinator.


  • Three or more years of quality improvement experience in a healthcare setting, preferably in home health services
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data is critical in this position
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing or other Healthcare professional field is required, master’s degree preferred, with CPHQ certification highly desirable

CVHHH takes great pride in our strong commitment to our employees, offers a competitive compensation package and a comprehensive benefits package. Interested applicants should apply online at or send a Cover letter and Resume to

VPQHC and Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

VPQHC and Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award
Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices  
Montpelier, Vermont –  Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc.(VPQHC) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a partnership between Maine Quality Counts, the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, and VPQHC, will receive up to $15 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell.  “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.” “Here in Vermont, VPQHC will extend improvement opportunities to providers who have not yet participated in current health care reform efforts underway in Vermont.  This collaboration will compliment and dovetail very effectively with the current efforts of the Accountable Care organizations and the Blueprint improvement initiatives.  VPQHC is excited to work together with our regional partners in Maine and New Hampshire to make sustainable improvements in access, quality and cost across the region,” said VPQHC Executive Director Catherine Fulton.

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network will support 500 primary care and specialist practices to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. The network will conduct a readiness assessment for each practice; provide direct technical assistance through a network of practice “coaches”; offer a range of options and opportunities for regional and cutting-edge distance-based collaborative learning; provide evidence-based team trainings; and build networking and tools to improve care coordination across the participating practices.

These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enables new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks, and Accountable Care Organizations.  

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