Allowable Investments Search Tool

In general, SHIP allowable investments include activities to assist small rural hospitals with their quality improvement efforts and with their adaptation to changing payment systems through investments in hardware, software and related trainings. This includes aiding with value and quality improvement.

Unallowable investments include, but are not limited to, travel costs, hospital services, hospital staff salaries, or general supplies. Hospitals should contact their State Office of Rural Health (SORH) with questions regarding the appropriateness or fit of a certain activity or hardware/software purchase. For additional clarifications, refer to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

This tool classifies a number of example investment activities as Allowable, Unallowable, or PO Pre-Approval. This is not a comprehensive list. It is only intended to provide examples of allowable SHIP activities.

Active Shooter Training
Unallowable

Active shooter training does not qualify as a SHIP Allowable Investment.  Active shooter training is required under the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.

Academic Mentorship Program
Unallowable

Costs or fees used to coordinate a mentorship program, training or educational event do not qualify as a SHIP Allowable Investment.

Provider-Based Clinic Quality Measures Education/Training
Allowable
Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Investment

Education/training for provider-based rural health clinic quality improvement reporting, including patient satisfaction survey scores, is allowable.

Alternative Payment Model and Quality Payment Program Training/Education
Allowable
Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Investment

Software or training to prepare staff and physicians for Quality Payment Program (QPP), which determines payment based on quality, resources use, clinical practice improvement, and meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology is allowable.

Computerized Provider Order Entry Implementation and/or Training
Allowable
Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Any educational trainings that support provider use and implementation are allowable.

Mid-Level Manager Training/Education for Value-Based Care and Population Health
Allowable
Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Mid-level manager (MLM) training/education for the “why” and “how” of Value-Based Care and Population Health, and tools and strategies to help MLMs lead others in this time of change are allowable.

COVID-19 Education Materials
Allowable
SHIP ARP COVID-19 Testing & Mitigation

Covid-19 related education materials (including vaccination education materials) for dissemination to the public. 

Physician Waiver to Prescribe and Dispense Buprenorphine
Unallowable

Costs or fees associated with a physician-waiver to prescribe and dispense Buprenorphine do not qualify as a SHIP allowable investment.

Providers may apply for a waiver with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Become a Buprenorphine Waivered Practitioner since this has an opioid component. This process is free of charge; therefore, SHIP funds should be applied to other activities.

340B Drug Pricing Program Training
Allowable
Payment Bundling (PB)

A 340B Drug Pricing Program training intended to increase efficiency or quality improvement in support of Prospective Bundling and Prospective Payment Systems initiatives is an allowable investment.

Wellness Streaming Services
Allowable
Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

IT software and hardware SHIP infrastructure for a wellness streaming services as a population health project is an allowable use of SHIP funds.

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.