Flex Eligibility Criteria for MBQIP Participation and Waiver Templates

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

Starting in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) required participation in the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) as a condition for critical access hospitals (CAH) to participate in the Flex Grant program and Flex-related activities.

The Flex Eligibility Criteria document lays out the minimum requirements for CAHs for Flex Program participation for FY 2019 (September 2019 - August 2020). The document also includes exceptions and frequently asked questions.

The 2019 MBQIP Sample Waiver Template provides the minimum criteria needed to submit a waiver to waive the penalty for the MBQIP reporting requirement for the corresponding fiscal year. Flex Coordinators are encouraged to use this template, but are not required to, and submit it as an attachment to their designated Flex Project Officer.