October 2020

October 2020

Dear Flex Coordinators,

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the rapid request regarding ventilators earlier this month. We really appreciate the quick turnaround time! We hope to provide you with more information about next steps very soon.

Please take note of these important upcoming due dates:

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will host "MBQIP Open Office Hours" to solicit feedback from state Flex coordinators on the new Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) report format and content. This event will be held on October 29th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. EST. You should have received an invitation from the MBQIP Lead, Natalia Vargas. This interactive webinar event is appropriate for state Flex coordinators and state contractors assisting with MBQIP efforts. For any questions, please email MBQIP@hrsa.gov.

As a part of National Rural Health Day and Antibiotic Awareness Week, on November 18th, FORHP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a webinar on the Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Activities in critical access hospitals. The one-hour long webinar will start at 3 p.m. EST, please register in advance for this webinar.

As always, please reach out to your Project Officer, Tori, Natalia, Tahleah, or Laura if you have any questions.

Stay Healthy,


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.