July 2018

July 2018

I greatly enjoyed seeing representatives from all 45 State Flex Programs in Washington, DC, last week. What did you think of the 2018 Rural Health Care Improvement Collaboration with both the Flex and Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (SHCP) Programs meeting together? Please be specific when you fill out the meeting evaluation you received by email and let us know what went well and what we could improve next year.

Since they happen at the same time, I missed 10 of the 14 breakout sessions and, unless you’ve figured out how to be in two places at once, you did too. We can still learn from the sessions we couldn’t attend, though. All of the presentations for both Flex and SHCP are on the TASC website

We have so much to learn from each other as we engage with critical access hospitals, rural emergency medical services, and each other, measure our impacts and improve rural health care. We started great conversations in DC. Let’s continue them together in the Flex Forum.

Of course, the Flex award cycle never stops as you saw in the busy timeline in my program coordinator’s update. The Notices of Award (NOAs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 will come out in August and the Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) will open for FY 2017 reporting on September 1.

As you are thinking about writing the next Flex application in December, let us know if there are topics you would like to discuss or tools and technical assistance resources we should review. Should we talk about the Flex Logic Model? Data you could include in your needs assessment? The top CAH financial indicators? How to identify promising quality improvement projects? Something else?

I’m looking forward to more great conversations with you. 

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.