May 2018

May 2018

Thank you to everyone for sending us your Funding Extension Progress Reports on time! Your project officers are busy reviewing both the progress reports and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Sustainability Project proposals and we will let you know if they have any questions or anything requires revision.

The reviews and the related funding process will be taking up much of our time and attention over the coming weeks. Despite all of that work, I really value this annual opportunity to get a deep dive on your projects, collaboration and hard work over the past year. We communicate regularly, but through this annual progress report we step back and see the big picture of your work and how it all fits together to improve rural health care in your states. The work is not easy but you persist and make a difference.

I’d like to remind everyone that the Flex Monitoring Team Critical Access Hospital (CAH) location list is our go-to reference for the number and distribution of CAHs nationally. Please let FMT know anytime you have a new CAH in your state so that they can include it in the next update of the CAH list.

Looking ahead, the 2018 Flex Reverse Site Visit will kick off July 17 in Washington, DC. This annual program meeting is our chance to get together and share successes and lessons learned. If you haven’t yet registered, please do so right away. We have invited a speaker from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the closing keynote so make sure your travel plans allow you to stay at the hotel until 3:30 p.m. on July 18—you don’t want to miss anything. Also, if you have any rural health policy questions for our expert panel, please post them in the Flex Forum.

New this year, the Flex meeting will run concurrently with the grantee meeting for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program (SHCPQI) which is a FORHP Community-Based Division grant program supporting rural health care providers conducting quality improvement initiatives. We are calling this joint meeting the 2018 Rural Health Care Improvement Collaboration. Don’t be surprised to see that title used along with the Flex Reverse Site Visit—our Flex program meeting hasn’t gone away, instead, we have broadened it with more opportunities to make connections and share best practices with fellow rural stakeholders.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all in July. Let me know if you have any questions about the meeting.

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.