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Five North Dakota Hospitals Receive Flex Funding

Feb 8, 2021

Five Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) will receive funding for work to maintain access to care for rural North Dakotans from the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Funding

The funding is provided through the North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program, which is a state-based partnership that works with and assists all rural hospitals to stabilize and sustain their local healthcare infrastructure. 

The funding encourages collaboration between the CAHs, Local Public Health Units, and other community organizations and stakeholders to promote community engagement and healthy behaviors.

2020-2021 Flex CAH Subcontract Awards

  • Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier
    $5,000 toward collaborative population health improvement programming and activities that address a significant need identified by the hospital's most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.
  • McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Watford City
    $6,000 toward chart audit activities that provide financial consultation for chart audit services, or "Chart to Payment Review" performed by a certified reviewer with history and experience in the area of healthcare finance.
  • Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen
    $8,917 for cybersecurity risk assessment. Ransomware and other cybercrime are recognized as growing threats to hospitals. Failure to adequately protect a hospital or clinic from cyberattacks and ransomware can be quite costly. Assuring a secure information technology environment helps to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information systems by preventing or mitigating asset losses from cybersecurity attacks.
  • Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby
    $15,000 toward financial and operational assessment through financial consultation with the objective of increasing hospital revenue and cash flow.
  • Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center, Elgin
    $15,000 toward financial and operational assessment through financial consultation with the objective of increasing hospital revenue and cash flow.
Jody Ward
Jody Ward

"We are delighted to be able to award Flex program funds," said Jody Ward, director of Flex. "CAHs receiving this funding will have an impact on rural communities for improved rural health outcomes."

Awarded hospitals will share project results with the North Dakota Flex program during and after activities are complete.

For More Information

Jody Ward, MS, RN, APHN
Director, North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program
jody.ward@und.edu
(701) 858-6729