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Rural Health Information Hub

Rural Health
Funding by Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RHIhub for your convenience. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information.

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application
CMS eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may be exempted from the Medicare Promoting Interoperability payment adjustment if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in a significant hardship. Eligible hospitals and CAHs may submit a hardship exception application each year for a maximum of 5 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 1, 2022
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Quality Payment Program Exceptions
The opportunity to apply for exceptions to meeting Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program requirements. The 2 exceptions include extreme and uncontrollable circumstances and promoting interoperability hardship.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2022
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Medicare Incentive Payments in Health Professional Shortage Areas
Medicare bonus payments to physicians in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Minority Research Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support research aimed at reducing health disparities by researchers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the program is to support researchers at minority serving institutions that are exploring how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can better meet the healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with limited English proficiency, rural populations, and individuals adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 3, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model Inactive
Payment model to test financial risk sharing options, as well as innovative approaches from Medicare Advantage (MA) and private sector risk sharing arrangements. ACO REACH seeks to improve quality of care and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries through alignment of financial incentives to promote effective and appropriate care; the promotion of health equity among all model participants; emphasis on patient choice; strong monitoring to ensure that beneficiaries maintain access to care; and emphasis on care delivery for complex, chronically, and seriously ill populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2022
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Connecting Kids to Coverage Healthy Kids Outreach and Enrollment Grants Inactive
Grants to organizations that help families with children and pregnant individuals enroll in health coverage opportunities, including Medicaid, CHIP, and insurance affordability programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge: Innovative Methods to Improve Postpartum Care for Black or African American and American Indian/Alaska Native Women Inactive
A prize competition to identify effective programs that can address equity of postpartum care for Black or African American and American Indian/Alaska Native beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. An emphasis is on follow-up care for conditions associated with morbidity and mortality in the later postpartum period, including diabetes, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, hypertension, and substance use disorders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health
Primary Care First Model Cohort 2 Inactive
Voluntary 5-year payment options that reward value and quality by offering an innovative payment structure to support delivery of advanced primary care. Participating practices will generally include primary care practitioners, as well as other clinicians that are managing complex, chronically ill, and seriously ill populations.
Geographic coverage: Available in 26 regions.
Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2021
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Inactive
A voluntary payment model designed to meet the needs of rural communities. The CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote the capacity of rural healthcare providers to implement effective healthcare delivery system redesign on a broad scale.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 13, 2021
Application Deadline: May 11, 2021
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model – Medical Triage Line Inactive
Grant to state and local governments or other eligible entities to improve the efficiency of their 911 emergency response system by establishing a medical triage line that can redirect non-emergency callers to care alternatives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 11, 2021
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services