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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Health Network Development Program

Deadline: November 25, 2019

The Rural Health Network Development (RHND) program aims to support integrated rural health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network, including skilled and experienced staff and a high functioning network board, in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community. Recipients will combine the functions of the entities participating in the network to address the following legislative aims: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

The RHND Program encourages innovative solutions to local health care needs identified by local communities and 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 overarching 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

Amount: A total of $13,800,000 is expected to be available to award up to 46 grants that range up to $300,000 per year for three years.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive an award, an entity – (A) shall be a rural public or rural nonprofit private entity; (B) shall represent a network composed of participants that: (i) include 3 or more health care providers and (ii) may be nonprofit or for-profit entities; and (C) shall not previously have received an award under this subsection (other than an award for planning activities) for the same or a similar project. See solicitation for more details around eligibility around ownership and geographic requirements and network requirements

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315913

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