January 2018

January 2018

If you weren’t able to join the Virtual Knowledge Group (VKG) Webinar on January 8 about critical access hospital (CAH) financial improvement strategies, you’ll definitely want to watch the recording. Terry Hill, Caleb Siem from the National Rural Health Resource Center and Kristen Reiter from the Flex Monitoring Team led a great discussion about Flex strategies for working with CAHs to improve their operations and financial stability.

As far as upcoming Flex grant deliverables, Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) were due January 30, 2018, and carryover requests are due no later than March 1 (30 days after the FFR due date). Please ensure you are working with your finance office to meet those deadlines. We will reject any initial carryover requests submitted in Electronic Handbook (EHB) after March 1. Flex programs may continue working with project officers to revise existing requests after March 1.

Flex programs with unspent funds from FY16 may request carryover, but it’s not required. You should only ask for carryover if you have the capacity to take on additional work and if there are incomplete projects and identified needs that you can effectively address with the funds. Also, keep in mind that FY16 carryover must be used for planned activities within the scope of your FY16 work plan and can’t be used to start new projects.

In Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) news, I hope everyone saw that the webinar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the National Health Safety Network (NHSN) Annual Facility Survey has been rescheduled to February 7. If you or your CAHs have questions about the NHSN survey this will be the place to learn from the NHSN experts. Anyone that was registered for the originally planned date of January 23rd will need to register again for the event.

Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation in the Flex Looking Ahead webinar on January 18 and the FY16 Flex PIMS Data Report Out webinar on January 25. Both event pages now have recordings posted in case you missed the live events.

Please keep sharing your suggestions and feedback on PIMS. The system is a work in progress and you are helping us iterate and improve Flex data collection.

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of CAHs and rural communities.

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, $1,100,000 (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.