U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Health Care Coordination Program
The Rural Health Care Coordination Program (Care Coordination Program) supports rural health consortiums/networks aiming to achieving the overall goals of improving access, delivery, and quality of care through the application of care coordination strategies in rural communities. In order to achieve the goal of the Care Coordination Program, applicants are required to coordinate the health care delivery services in rural communities through the following four focus areas:
- Collaboration: Utilizing a collaborative approach to coordinate and deliver health care services through a consortium, in which member organizations actively engage in integrated, coordinated, patient-centered delivery of health care services
- Leadership and Workforce: Developing and strengthening a highly skilled care coordination workforce to respond to vulnerable populations’ unmet needs within the rural communities
- Improved Outcomes: Expanding access and improving care quality and delivery, and health outcomes through evidence-based model and/or promising practices tailored to meet the local populations’ needs
- Sustainability: Developing and strengthening care coordination program’s financial sustainability by establishing effective revenue sources such as expanded service reimbursement, resource sharing, and/or contributions from partners at the community, county, regional, and state levels
Successful award recipients of the Care Coordination Program will be able to demonstrate: 1) enhanced integrated systems to collaborate and share data among member organizations; 2) effective care coordination workforce to meet needs within the rural communities; 3) improved access, delivery, and quality of services and overall patients’ health outcomes; and 4) increased program financial sustainability.
Amount: Approximately $2,500,000 is available to make up to 10 awards of up to $250,000 per year for a period of three years.
Eligibility: State, local, and tribal governments; institutions of higher education; other non-profit organizations (including faith-based, community-based, and tribal organizations); and hospitals. Applicants for the Rural Health Care Coordination Program must meet further ownership and geographic requirements provided in the full solicitation.
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