Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program Grant Program
The purpose of the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) is to help small rural hospitals of less than 50 beds implement quality and operational improvement efforts.
Enable the purchase of equipment and/or training to help hospitals attain value-based purchasing provision
in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA);
- Activities that support improved data collection to facilitate quality reporting and improvement.
Aid small rural hospitals in joining or becoming accountable care organizations (ACOs), or create shared
savings programs per the ACA;
- Activities that support the development or the basic tenets of ACOs or shared savings programs.
Enable small rural hospitals to purchase health information technology, equipment, and/or training to comply
with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.
- Activities that improve hospital financial processes.
Applications are OPEN
2020-2021 SHIP Hospital Application
The application period closes on January 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central.
- SHIP Allowable Investments
Eligible hospitals are notified each year by their State Office of Rural Health (SORH) when applications are available. The SORH collects the individual hospital applications and completes an application for the state. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy reviews the state applications and notifies each SORH of their award prior to the grant cycle beginning. The SORH then notifies individual hospitals of their award (calculated by dividing the total award by the number of applicants, less 5% which contributes to the costs associated with administering the grant).
To be eligible for these grants, a hospital must:
- have 49 or fewer staffed beds
- be located in a non-metropolitan area
All North Dakota rural critical access hospitals are eligible.