Flex Eligibility Criteria for MBQIP Participation and Waiver Templates

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

Starting in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, 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 to be eligible for Flex Program participation for FY 2017 (September 2017 – August 2018), FY 2018 (September 2018 – August 2019) and FY 2019 (September 2019 - August 2020). The document also includes exceptions and frequently asked questions.

The 2017 and 2018 MBQIP Sample Waiver Templates provide 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 as part of their Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) grant application.