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Deadline: January 30, 2018

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Primary Care Training and Enhancement – Training Primary Care Champions

The purpose of the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE): Training Primary Care Champions program is to strengthen primary care and the workforce by establishing fellowship programs to train community-based practicing primary care physician and/or physician assistant champions to lead health care transformation and enhance teaching in community–based settings. Characteristics of transformed health care delivery systems identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) include:

  • Providers across the care continuum participate in integrated or virtually integrated delivery models
  • Care is coordinated across all providers and settings
  • High level of patient engagement and quantifiable results on patient experience
  • Providers leverage the use of health information technology to improve quality
  • Providers perform at the top of their license and board certification
  • Population health measures are integrated into the delivery system
  • Data are used to drive health system processes

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) also recognizes addressing social determinants of health as a characteristic of transformed health care delivery systems.

Applicants must develop and operate a program for the training of physicians and physician assistants who will teach in community-based settings and provide training in new competencies, consistent with health care transformation principles. Applicants may provide financial assistance in the form of fellowships to the participants of these programs.

Amount: Up to $4,000,000 is expected to be available for 10 grants of up to $400,000 each (annually) for five years.

Eligibility: Accredited schools of allopathic or osteopathic medicine, academically affiliated physician assistant training programs, accredited public or nonprofit private hospitals, or a public or nonprofit private entity that the Secretary has determined is capable of carrying out such grants.

The applicant organization must include or partner with the following organizations:

  1. An academic medical school or physician assistant school; and
  2. One or more community-based primary care sites. Applicants are encouraged to partner with National Health Service Corps-approved sites. Sites also can be health centers, rural health clinics, and Indian Health Service sites.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298677

Note: The FY 2018 President’s Budget does not request funding for this program. The published notice is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds awarded in a timely manner. Applicants should note that this program may be cancelled prior to award recommendations.

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