Participation Expectations

Selected organizations should exhibit strong leadership and commitment to fully participate in project consultations and activities that prepare the organizations for population health and value-based care through alternative payment models.

Selected organization agrees to meet and complete the below program expectations to effectively benefit from the Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP):

  • Selected organizations must be willing and able to participate in all phases of RHPTP including the Kick-off Webinar, and Learning Collaborative (LC) virtual meetings
  • Selected organizations should reserve dates and prepare their teams for participation in RHPTP activities
  • The CEO will serve as the project lead and must be actively involved and fully engaged in all aspects of the project. The CEO may not designate any other person to fulfill the role of the project lead, but may delegate project tasks to key leaders

CEOs should be ready, willing and able to:

  • Ensure that full data requests are submitted, and deadlines are met
  • Schedule and hold the mutually agreed upon dates for onsite and virtual consultations. Once secured, dates may not be rescheduled
  • Obligate and commit necessary time to support the project and to include adequate time for the executive and management teams as well as appropriate staff to actively participate in activities
  • Build support for the project with the Board of Directors, front-line and medical staff
  • Utilize available best practice resources and tools to support implementation of consultant recommendations
  • Develop action plans with the consultants and The Center team to support the implementation process
  • Delegate actionable steps to executive and management teams to implement best practice recommendations and action plan items
  • Identify and implement transition strategies with consultants and The Center that support the hospital and Rural Health Clinics in moving towards the adoption of new payment and care delivery models of the future
  • Share successes and lessons learned with peer hospitals through the Learning Collaborative and Project Spotlights

The organization should not have any pending projects or anticipated issues that would hinder the consultation process that include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

  • If the organization is affiliated with a system, then the system must support the project by providing all necessary data to complete and submit the data request
  • If the organization is currently working on a large project such as a HIT deployment, then the executive team must ensure that management and staff time has been appropriately committed to fully support the RHPTP activities.

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.