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 (CAHs) to participate in Flex-funded activities. CAHs have the opportunity to work with their State Flex Program to meet the MBQIP reporting requirements.
The document titled: “FY 2020 Flex Eligibility Criteria for MBQIP Participation” outlines the original minimum requirements for CAHs for FY 2020 (September 2020-August 2021). The document titled: “FORHP Guidance: Suspension of MBQIP Eligibility Requirements for FY2020” details the policy exception that FORHP released in May 2020 regarding MBQIP eligibility requirements. In November 2020, FORHP released another document titled: “FORHP Guidance: Suspension of MBQIP Eligibility Requirements for FY2021”, which outlines the second policy exception that FORHP established to support states and CAHs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FORHP welcomes any questions about the guidance documents posted on this page. Questions can be submitted to MBQIP@hrsa.gov and to the respective state Project Officers.