February 2019

February 2019

I’m sure you are all in the thick of Flex application writing this week as the short month of February ends. I really appreciate all of you reaching out with questions so your project officers at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and your technical assistance team at the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC) can help you as you prepare those applications. Please keep the questions coming! We want to help all of you make the best plans you can to set your Flex programs up for success in the coming years.

We’ve had many webinars over the past month including the Flex Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) TA and Flex EMS Supplement TA on January 31, the Work Plan Template demonstration on February 11, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Closeout and fiscal information on February 14, the TASC 90 on Recommendation Adoption Progress (RAP) Interviews on February 13, and the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project Virtual Knowledge Group (MBQIP VKG) on Antibiotic Stewardship on February 21. That’s a lot of content! Fortunately, they are all recorded so we can all catch up on things we missed or that we want to hear again. 

As I shared with the mailing list on February 11, the Federal Register has a request for comments on the extension of the Flex Program Performance Improvement and Measurement System (PIMS) measures. Please see the notice in the Federal Register. Comments on the notice are due by April 8.

If you follow HRSA press releases you’ve likely seen news about forthcoming funding opportunities that may interest your CAHs and other stakeholders including the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Implementation. As a reminder, you can get timely notice of new funding opportunities, policy changes, and recent research in the weekly Announcements from FORHP. To subscribe, sign up for Rural Health Updates at HRSA.gov. Recent updates included the funding opportunity for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program and the new Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model for Medicare-enrolled ambulance suppliers and providers from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center).

Thank you to those who have sent me letters of intent to apply for the Flex EMS Supplement. We really appreciate that information to help us plan the review process.

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.