Federal Flex Updates: August 2016

August 2016

Thank you, everyone, for joining us in hot and humid DC for the 2016 Reverse Site Visit. That was some thunderstorm Tuesday night! Fortunately for our meeting, it was not nearly as damaging as the high winds Wednesday night in Minnesota. Please send the TASC team and our Minnesota colleagues your best wishes as they deal with downed trees and power outages.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Reverse Site Visit. Be sure and include suggestions for making next year even better in the meeting evaluation that you will receive via email next week. If you want copies of any of the presentation slides you can download them from the TASC website. 

Remember to complete your state’s “Communicating the Message” activity and post your script or a recorded MP3 file of your message in the Flex Program Forum in the next two weeks. Please share other comments and things learned from the meeting in the Forum too. Given the focus on communication in this meeting, I’m curious. What other methods are you using to highlight the work of your state Flex Program and communicate with your stakeholders? How do you showcase your successes beyond the annual applications and reports to HRSA

While you are inspired from spending time with all of your amazing colleagues, why don’t you complete the Core Competency Self-Assessment for your Flex Program? As Tracy Morton and John Gale discussed on Thursday, that’s a tool for you to use to improve your program. Just as we work with CAHs to continually improve their quality of care, we all need to continually improve the quality of our Flex services as well. 

As Tom Morris mentioned during the policy panel, you can sign up for the weekly Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Announcements by contacting Michelle Daniels. Just email Michelle, MDaniels@hrsa.gov, and ask her to add you to our email list. 

Coming up in the next month:

  • Owmy Bouloute officially starts as a Flex project officer on August 1
  • Notices of Award (NOAs) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 will be issued in late August
  • Save the date for a webinar on August 25, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time where we will be reviewing Flex requirements, how to read your new NOA and how to make sense of the terms and conditions

As always, please let me know if you have questions or suggestions for improving the Flex Program. 

Sarah Young

Flex Program Coordinator

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,009,121 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.