December RHC Technical Assistance Call

The next Rural Health Clinics Technical Assistance (RHC TA) call has been set for Wednesday, December 19 at 1:00pm (Central). We are pleased that Anne Ferrero, the program coordinator for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) Grant Program is available to talk about this important initiative.

Rural Health Clinics are eligible to receive Rural Quality Improvement grant funds and are specifically named in the law as one of the target audiences. All RHCs — for-profit and non-profit — are eligible to participate in this initiative. Applicants may propose funding for up to three (3) years from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016. The maximum award is $150,000 per year. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) expects to provide financial support for approximately 40 projects. The purpose of the Rural Quality Improvement project is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. Organizations participating in the program are required to use health information technology (HIT) to collect and report data. It is expected that organizations will have implemented an HIT system by the time of award.

If you would like to learn more about this program and how Rural Health Clinics and other providers can apply for a grant, the call-in information is as follows:

Toll-free Number: 800-857-9747; Participant Passcode: 1914329

Anne will provide details on: how to apply for a grant; where to submit your grant application; the types of projects ORHP is interested in supporting; and, she will be available to answer any questions you might have. Several Rural Health Clinics have been funded during previous cycles and there is every reason to believe that RHC projects will be competitive this time around. The deadline to submit an application is January 30, 2013. ORHP strongly recommends that applicants submit their applications prior to the due date to avoid any technological problems.

We look forward to your participation on this important RHC Technical Assistance call.

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