Flex Eligibility Criteria for MBQIP Participation and Waiver Template

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

Starting in FY 2016, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) required participation in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) as a required condition for critical access hospitals (CAH) to participate in the Flex Grant program and Flex-related activities.

This document lays out the minimum requirements for CAHs to be eligible for Flex Program participation for FY 2017 (September 2017 – August 2018) and FY 2018 (September 2018 – August 2019). The document also includes exceptions and frequently asked questions.

The 2017 MBQIP Sample Waiver Template provides the minimum criteria needed to submit a waiver to waive the penalty for the MBQIP reporting requirement for the FY 2017 grant year. Flex Coordinators are encouraged to use this template, but are not required to, and submit it as an attachment as part of their Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) grant application.