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.
Supplies and equipment for patient rooms such as telephone, TV, and speakers, to improve satisfaction (HCAHPS) scores, do not qualify as a SHIP allowable investment.
Blood Pressure Cuffs/Oxygen Monitors are supplies and not an allowable use of SHIP funds nor aligned with the purpose of SHIP funds.
Printers and/or printing supplies and hardware that are not explicitly being used to promote remote services are not an allowable use of SHIP funds.
Refrigerators used to keep and store medicines or medical supplies are not an allowable use of SHIP funds.
Software and training for analysis of population health needs by chronic disease, geographic location, or analysis of social determinants of health in improving health outcomes and care management programs are allowable.
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.
IT software and hardware SHIP infrastructure for a wellness streaming services as a population health project is an allowable use of SHIP funds.
Trainings that improve processes through adoption of best practices and transition to value-based payment strategies such as financial and operational improvements are allowable investments.