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Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP)

RHPTP helps small rural hospitals and rural health clinics (RHCs) in strengthening their foundation in key elements of value-based care.

Value-based care consists of key elements of quality, efficiency, patient experience and patient safety. 

What is the purpose of RHPTP?

RHPTP provides technical assistance to help small rural hospitals and RHCs on how to provide value-based care. This program targets hospitals and RHCs that are interested in participating in value-based programs and require support in preparing to make the transition.

What kind of technical assistance will rural hospitals and RHCs receive?

  • Five hospitals/RHCs will receive onsite technical assistance (TA) provided by experienced contractors. This targeted TA includes a financial risk assessment, training packages, and coaching.
  • Twenty hospitals/RHCs will receive virtual learning sessions. These sessions can help them build internal capacity for future participation in Value Based Care and onsite TA in the future.
  • All other eligible hospitals/RHCs will have access to online webinars, tools and resources. These resources can help them prepare for future virtual learning sessions.

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants for TA include the following:

  • Small rural hospitals (49 beds or fewer)
  • Rural Health Clinics

Eligible hospitals and RHCs must:

  • Be located in a rural area or within a rural census tract of a metro area.
  • Have fewer than 49 staffed beds.
  • Be for-profit or not-for-profit, including faith-based organizations.
  • Be located in U.S. territories. This includes tribal-operated hospitals under Titles I and V.

How can eligible hospitals and RHCs apply for TA under the program?

The application period is open 12/15/2020 - 1/16/2021.  In subsequent years, the application period will be open continuously to allow hospitals and RHCs to apply at anytime for the next funding cycle.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Rhonda Barcus at

Date Last Reviewed:  December 2020