March 2019

March 2019

I’m sure you are busy dotting the final i’s and crossing the final t’s for the primary Flex applications so I’ll keep this update short. If you have any last questions on the application please reach out to Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), your project officers, or me. We are all here to help you. As you know the primary Flex applications are due March 29 and the Flex Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Supplement applications are due April 5.


As you saw on the mailing list on Monday, Yvonne Chow is reviewing Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) reporting and finalizing the list of potentially ineligible critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020). We will be sending you the lists the second week of April and collecting FY 2019 MBQIP waivers for potentially ineligible CAHs until the middle of May. When you get the updated lists in April, please carefully review any potentially ineligible CAHs in your state and reach out to your project officer if you have any questions. The MBQIP materials on the TASC website include the Flex eligibility criteria and MBQIP waiver templates.


Happy spring! I’ve been enjoying the daffodils starting to bloom along the Mount Vernon Trail. Cherry Blossom Watch (a real thing although much briefer than fall foliage watch in New England) is forecasting that we will see peak cherry blossoms in the first week of April.


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.