The Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) is making funds available to improve the quality of care provided by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) by focusing on improvement of financial and operational implementation, quality measures, and management of population health according to the measures from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. These funds will support a technical assistance model that includes group and individual CAH projects.

A grant will be awarded to an organization or organizations that create a plan to perform the following activities:

  • Conduct, manage, and facilitate meetings of CAH executives to share best practices, receive technical assistance for quality, financial and operational areas of interest, population health; investigate primary care capacity, develop innovative model ideas and assist with workforce recruitment and retention.
  • The statewide and/or regional meetings that will require contractor attendance and participation.
  • Individual projects with CAHs or a network of CAHs to identify opportunities for and initiate improvement in quality, financial and operational measures.
  • Engage CAHs in submitting quality performance data as required by the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP).
  • Organize collaborative networks for CAHs to share best practices and work together on various quality initiatives.
  • Support ongoing network needs and activities by providing technical assistance when necessary.

Deadline for Submission:  May 26, 2023-5:00 PM

Get more information and learn how to apply here.