Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program- Emergency Medical Services Competing Supplement

Announcement Number:

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Date(s) to Apply:
12/02/2021 to 03/04/2022

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Competing Supplement. Throughout this NOFO, the term Flex Program will refer to the larger, primary program while Flex EMS Supplement will refer to the supplemental projects that are the focus of this NOFO.
The goal of this supplemental funding is to expand upon the current Flex program by encouraging rural EMS agencies to educate staff and leadership on the importance of accurate reporting, and how it drives quality improvement efforts at the agency level. Improving and/or adding quality improvement activities allows EMS agencies to enhance clinical care, and find efficiencies which has the potential to both expand their ability to care for patients, and allow them to expand needed services. Additionally these supplements will serve as examples to other EMS agencies interested in this topic.
The state Flex programs that choose to apply for this supplement should propose a project that identifies at least three specific EMS measures to improve on during the period of performance. The applicant should remember to take into account applicable health disparities and health equity measures when planning the project. The applicant should also include appropriate education/training on the use of data and quality improvement efforts.

Are you eligible?

Eligible applicants must be current recipients funded under HRSA-19-024, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program cooperative agreement. This competitive supplemental funding opportunity is only open to current award recipients of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program cooperative agreement. Only states (current Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program award recipients in states with certified critical access hospitals) are eligible to apply for funding under this notice.

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Tahleah Chappel

Phone: (301) 443-0197

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