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Funding by Topic: Medicare

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

340B Drug Pricing Program
Allows certain facilities, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC look-alikes, to purchase prescription and non-prescription medications at reduced cost.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2022
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Pharmacy Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Minority Research Grant Program
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: Jul 28, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Medication-Assisted Treatment (RCORP-MAT) Access
Grants to establish new Medication-Assisted Treatment access points and increase capacity for the provision of sustainable MAT services in high-risk rural communities, thus increasing access to evidence-based treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) living in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2022
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
Quality Payment Program Support for Small, Underserved, and Rural Practices
Customized technical assistance for clinicians in small practices, including those in rural locations, Health Professional Shortage Areas, and Medically Underserved Areas to help them participate and succeed in the Quality Payment Program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Quality Reporting and Peer Review Assistance for Critical Access Hospitals in Oklahoma
Customized technical assistance for Critical Access Hospitals in Oklahoma in the areas of evaluation, healthcare improvement, data, and reporting.
Geographic coverage: Oklahoma
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma Office of Rural Health
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
American Rescue Plan Provider Relief Fund New Distributions Inactive
Relief funds for hospitals and other healthcare providers to support expenses and lost revenue due to COVID-19. The application portal will open on September 29, 2021. $17 billion is available for a broad range of providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic. An additional $8.5 billion in relief funds is available for providers who serve rural patients.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Oct 26, 2021
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services