Federal Flex Updates: July 2017

July 2017

It was great to see and talk to everyone at the Flex Reverse Site Visit (RSV) last week in Bethesda. Thank you for coming to Maryland on one of the hottest weeks of the year! Fortunately, we kept busy in the meeting rooms in the hotel basement so no one risked heat exhaustion. While down there we heard from Karen Madden about the strong Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Performance Improvement Network in New York, from Penny Black and Nicole Breton about measuring outcomes of their state Flex activities, from Lisa Carhuff and Meredith Guardino about collecting data to measure rural population health issues, and from many other Flex programs and partners. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and leadership stories. Do you have a great takeaway or a burning question from the RSV? Post it in the Flex Forum and let’s have a discussion.  

Coming up next will be the new Notices of Award (NOAs) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 grant year starting September 1, 2017. Your project officer will be reaching out to schedule calls to review your NOA and any conditions it requires, for example, work plan or budget revisions. 

The Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) will be open for FY 16 reporting starting on September 1, 2017. I am working on updated PIMS reporting instructions with new screenshots, but in the meantime, you can also review the PIMS Data Collection Tool and Webinar to make sure you are ready to report on your CAHs’ participation in Flex activities.

Let me know if you are using the Flex Program Logic Model. I want it to be a living document and a thinking tool that we can all share.

Sarah Young

Flex Program Coordinator

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