May 2020

May 2020

Dear Flex Program Coordinators,

Thank you for submitting your Flex Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) progress reports on time. From the Flex Program side, those of you who submitted your full NCC report can rest easy. States requesting to submit via the Request for Information (RFI) process will have the due date of July 15, 2020 to submit NCC reports.

We are actively hiring two new Flex Project Officers! We hope that both positions will on-boarded by the Reverse Site Visit, so that you can be virtually introduced to the brand new team.

Just last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allocated $225 million to more than 4,500 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 Testing.  Recipients of the distribution include each RHC with a unique active Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Certification Number (CCN) listed in either the CMS Provider of Service file (March 2020) or the CMS Survey & Certification's Quality, Certification and Oversight Reports (QCOR) before May 7, 2020. Each of these RHCs received a flat amount of just under $50,000. This state-by-state breakdown is an estimate, pending final validation.

As you know, the Provider Relief Fund was released in April. $100 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers to support healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 and to ensure uninsured Americans can get testing and treatment for COVID-19. Please email your Flex Project Officer with any questions you or your stakeholders have about this funding.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is trying to understand how rural health care providers and communities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share any challenges, successes, or innovative strategies taking place in rural areas to address treating or preparing to treat COVID-19 patients at RuralCOVID-19@hrsa.gov. Feel free to send COVID-19 related updates directly to this inbox and encourage the rural healthcare facilities and communities you work with to do the same. For additional resources and frequently asked questions please use our FORHP COVID-19 website.

As always, please reach out to me or Natalia if you have any questions.

Stay Healthy,

Tori

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.