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rural health funding opportunities
amy evanich, healthcare consulting senior
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced new grant opportunities available to rural hospitals. The grants listed below are available in all 50 states.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically with network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts.
Network Planning goals are:
(i) to achieve efficiencies
(ii) to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services
(iii) to strengthen the rural health care system as a whole
Eligible applicants must be rural nonprofit private or rural public entities that represent a consortium/network composed of three or more health care providers. Federally recognized tribal entities are eligible to apply as long as they are located in a non-metropolitan county or a rural census tract of a metropolitan county, and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.
HRSA will invest approximately $2 million for this program that helps rural communities develop integrated health care networks. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 29.
Rural Health Network Development Program
The Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program encourages innovative solutions to local health care needs identified by local communities. It supports rural communities in preparing for changes within the health care environment. Furthermore, the program creates an opportunity for rural health networks to collaboratively address the key priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): mental health, substance use disorder, and value-based care.
The goals for the RHND Program are to:
- Improve access and quality of health care in rural areas through sustainable health care programs created as a result of network collaboration
- Prepare rural health networks for the transition to value-based payment and population health management
- Demonstrate improved health outcomes and community impact
- Promote the sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services
- Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services
Diverse network partners may include behavioral health organizations, critical access hospitals, rural health centers, community and social service organizations, and tribal organizations. HRSA will invest $13 million for this program to support integrated rural health care networks that combine the functions of the network entities to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 25.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. (2019). Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Retrieved on October 14, 2019, from https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315914
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. (2019). Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Retrieved on October 14, 2019, from https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=HRSA-20-025
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AMY EVANICH + HEALTHCARE CONSULTING MANAGER
Amy Evanich is a Healthcare Consulting Manager at Lutz with over 11 years of professional experience in the Healthcare industry. She is responsible for medical chart reviews, appeal preparation, Medicare regulation guidance, interpretation and education, and healthcare billing policies and procedures.
AREAS OF FOCUS
- Healthcare Reimbursement
- Audit Response Assistance and Appeal Preparation
- Medical Chart Review Including Medical Necessity
- Healthcare Billing
- Revenue Cycle Consulting
AFFILIATIONS AND CREDENTIALS
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Clarkson College, Omaha, NE
- Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Administration (MSN), Clarkson College, Omaha, NE
- Nebraska Action Coalition, Leadership Team
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