Fall 2022 Flex Program Workshop

Event Details
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 to Thursday, October 27, 2022

This workshop is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center). As stated in the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program notice of award (NOA), it is a requirement that staff directly responsible for executing the duties of the Flex award attend the Flex Program Workshop within one year of start date.

The goal of the Flex Program Workshop is to provide new or existing Flex Program staff an orientation to the Flex Program. This workshop will cover multiple topics, including value-based health care, population health, critical access hospital (CAH) finance, quality and performance improvement concepts, emergency medical services (EMS), and Flex Program core competencies and best practices. Upon Workshop completion, participants will better understand Flex Program goals and services available to support Flex Program excellence.

The Flex Program Workshop will consist of three in-person days, hosted in Duluth, Minnesota:

  • Day 1: Tuesday, October 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Day 2: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 9:00  a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Day 3: Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 am Central Time

In the event that an in-person meeting/travel is no longer safe due to the public health emergency and in alignment with The Center’s Business Gathering policy, the event will be moved to fully virtual on the same days. It is expected that registered attendees participate in the virtual event.

It is expected that participants will travel into the Duluth area on Monday, October 24th and depart late afternoon/evening on Thursday, October 27 or Friday, October 28. Attendees arriving late or leaving early from the Workshop will miss valuable content. Lodging and travel costs are covered by state Flex Program funding.

There is no fee to participate in the workshop; however, please see workshop participant priority criteria below. The Center and FORHP seek to honor all participation requests, though space is limited. Priority will be given to:

  • Flex Coordinators and Directors in their position for 12 months or less
  • One participant per state
  • Participants willing and able to participate in the full three days of the workshop

For more information, please contact:

Caroline Bell at cbell@ruralcenter.org

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.