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Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) – Funding & Opportunities

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Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application Inactive
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: Feb 1, 2021
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP) Inactive
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.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jan 16, 2021
Sponsor: National Rural Health Resource Center
Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support projects that will expand, enhance, and sustain the delivery of effective healthcare in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program Inactive
Tax incentives for investments in business and economic development projects in distressed rural and urban counties, including capital investments in healthcare facilities. Investors give to Community Development Entities who then offer low-interest financing to businesses; in return for their investment, investors receive a tax credit against their federal income tax.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2020
Sponsors: Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Inactive
Grants to promote the planning and development of integrated rural healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 16, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Technical Assistance for Small, Rural, Vulnerable Hospitals Inactive
Targeted technical assistance for rural hospitals to improve quality of care, maintain access to care, and address the challenges that are unique to small hospitals and the towns they serve.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2020
Sponsors: Center for Optimizing Rural Health, Texas A&M University Rural and Community Health Institute
Direct Contracting Model Inactive
Building on lessons learned from initiatives involving Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, the Direct Contracting Model is a set of 3 voluntary payment model options designed to reduce expenditures and preserve and enhance quality of care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 6, 2020
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Rural Health Care Coordination Program Inactive
Funding for rural health consortiums working to improve access and quality of care through care coordination strategies with the focus areas of collaboration, leadership, workforce, improved outcomes, and sustainability in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2020
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support rural primary care providers with the planning and implementation of quality improvement activities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Inactive
Grants to state designated entities to assist Critical Access Hospitals with quality and performance activities, including: stabilizing rural hospital finance; integrating emergency medical services (EMS) into their healthcare systems; incorporating population health; and fostering innovative models of healthcare.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 29, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 12/10/2020