Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants DUE MARCH 6

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announces the availability of the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP).  The purpose of SHIP is to help small rural hospitals of 49 beds or less, and do any or all of the following: 1) enable the purchase of equipment and/or training to help hospitals attain value-based purchasing provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2) aid small rural hospitals in joining or becoming accountable care organizations, or create shared savings programs per the ACA, and 3) enable small rural hospitals to purchase health information technology, equipment and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.  APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 6, 2014

Eligibility

Though the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) within the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will be the official grantee of record, and act as a fiscal intermediary for all hospitals within Texas, SHIP funds are geared towards assisting small rural hospitals that are essential access points for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Eligible small rural hospitals are non-federal, short-term general acute care facilities that are located in a rural area, including faith-based hospitals. For the purpose of this program:

1.       “Small hospital” is defined as 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital’s most recently filed Medicare Cost Report,

2.       “Rural” is defined as either located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or located within a rural census tract of a MSA, as determined under the Goldsmith Modification or the Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCAs), and,

3.       Eligible SHIP hospitals may be for-profit or not-for-profit. Tribally operated hospitals under Titles I and V of P.L. 93-638 are eligible to the extent that such hospitals meet the above criteria.

The 2014 SHIP RFA and Application is attached to this email or can be found here: http://www.texasagriculture.gov/GrantsServices/SHIP.aspx

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