The shift from a traditional fee-for-service model focused on volume to a VBC model focused on patient health outcomes leads to prevention-based patient services, increased patient engagement and satisfaction, reduced effects and incidence of chronic disease, improved quality of care, and lower costs for both patients and payers.
The Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP), which began in 2020, provides direct support to five small rural hospitals and certified rural health clinics annually, to help them strengthen their organization's understanding of VBC and learn strategies they can use to be effective participants in a health care system focused on value.
We have really enjoyed every meeting and interaction with RHPTP staff and consultants! I have learned a lot and will always treasure this experience in making our hospital a better place for our patients.
Project participants receive a range of virtual and on-site technical assistance, consultation, and coaching around organizational operations, readiness for assuming financial risk, and quality improvement in the areas of efficiency, building infrastructure to embed improvement into everyday practice, patient experience, or safety of care; participation in a learning collaborative; and post-project progress calls.
Twenty additional RHPTP-eligible organizations are selected each year to receive support through participation in a virtual Learning Collaborative.
All RHPTP-eligible organizations are invited to participate in the Health Education Learning Program (HELP) webinar series.
RHPTP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and administered by the National Rural Health Resource Center.
Eligible Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project applicants include small rural hospitals and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified rural health clinics.
Small rural hospitals and certified rural health clinics that participate in the Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP) receive a range of virtual and on-site technical assistance services that are designed to strengthen each organization’s understanding of value-based care (VBC) and share strategies they can use to be effective participants in a health care system focused on value.
Organizations selected to participate in the Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP) should exhibit strong leadership and a commitment to fully engage in project consultations and activities that prepare them for population health and value-based care through alternative payment models.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U5ERH39345 as part of a financial assistance award totaling $800,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.