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Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP)

National Rural Health Resource Center
Oct 1, 2021

Rhonda Barcus


The Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP) provides technical assistance for rural healthcare providers to build capacity in value-based care (VBC), with emphasis on efficiency, quality, patient experience, and safety. The program's goal is to guide small rural hospitals and rural health clinics that are not currently participating in VBC to prepare for participation in a health system focused on value.

Services will include:

  • Consultations and coaching to support hospitals/clinics with implementation of best practices and adoption of transition to value-based care strategies to prepare for alternative payment models
  • Comprehensive consultation to assess organization's readiness for assuming risk
  • Peer-to-peer education through learning collaboratives to support project implementation and sustainability
  • Webinar series on a variety of Advanced Payment Models, and/or Value-based Care topics
  • Recommendation Adoption Progress (RAP) calls to document progress and successes to support project implementation

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Eligible small rural hospital, defined as a non-federal, short-term general acute care hospital that: (1) Is located in a rural area as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1395ww(d) and (2) Has 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Report
  • Located in a rural area, defined as either: (1) Located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA); (2) Located within a rural census tract of a MSA, as determined under the Goldsmith Modification or the Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCAs); or (3) Is being treated as if being located in a rural area pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1395(d)(8)(E)
  • Eligible hospitals may be for-profit or nonprofit, including faith-based. Hospitals in U.S. territories as well as tribally operated hospitals are eligible to the extent that such hospitals meet the above criteria.

In addition, applicant organizations must:

  • Not be currently participating in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) as defined by CMS
  • Be financially stable
  • Be interested and motivated to become part of an APM
  • If required, be meeting quality data reporting requirements of Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR), Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), or Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP)
  • Not be a current participant in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program, Vulnerable Rural Hospital Project, a 2019-2020 participant in Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project or any program that is duplicative in services
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

20 organizations will be selected to receive no-cost technical assistance.

Application process

Links to the application guide and the online application are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Clinics · Critical Access Hospitals · Healthcare business and finance · Healthcare facilities · Healthcare quality · Hospitals · Reimbursement and payment models · Rural Health Clinics · Service delivery models

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