September 2018

September 2018

Dear Flex Coordinators,


It’s September so we are in the middle of the Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) reporting period. I hope you’ve all had a chance to log in to Electronic Handbook (EHB) and access PIMS to review your critical access hospital (CAH) list and make sure all of the hospital names and Medicare numbers are correct. Please let your project officer (PO) know if you see any errors.


If you have any questions about PIMS reporting, please review the recording of the 2017 PIMS Reporting Process webinar and read the fiscal year (FY) 2017 PIMS Reporting Instructions. The Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC) also facilitated an interesting conversation about PIMS in the September 10, Flex Virtual Knowledge Group. As discussed in both webinars, please let me know if you have suggestions for future improvements to PIMS.


I will be at the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) CAH Conference this week and presenting a session Thursday morning with Sarah Brinkman (RQITA, Stratis Health) and Aaron Saude (Bigfork Valley Hospital, Bigfork, MN). Please say hi if you are in Kansas City, too.


Thank you for your patience as the FY 2018 Flex Notices of Award (NOA) were late this year. We know that funding delays can cause problems for you because you can’t start projects in a timely manner. All of the awards have been released. Please review your NOA carefully and let your PO know if you have questions. Your POs will schedule a call to review this year’s NOA 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, $1,009,121 (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.