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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Small Healthcare Provider Quality Program (HRSA-13-159)

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2013 Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) Grant Program (announcement number: HRSA-13-159).  The purpose of the Rural Quality Program is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities.  The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting.  Additional objectives of the program include:  improved health outcomes for patients; enhanced chronic disease management; and better engagement of patients and their caregivers.  Organizations participating in the program are required to use health information technology (HIT) to collect and report data.  HIT may include an electronic patient registry (EPR) or an electronic health record (EHR), and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes.  It is expected that organizations will have implemented an HIT system by the time of award.  Sustainability is also beginning to be an emphasis of this program.  It is a priority of the ORHP for grantees to sustain improvements, integrate quality improvement into their organizations, and spread quality improvement efforts to other conditions and populations.  Applicants may propose funding for up to three (3) years from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016. The maximum award is up to $150,000 per year.  We expect to fund approximately 40 grantees.

To access and download the funding announcement, please click on:  http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=QRn6Q5JLyLTL1dC8mhnPN6ybyyzK2pBQ6prhhsnHncG6xjLjf2Tk!1106321451?oppId=209114&mode=VIEW

The deadline to submit an application in grants.gov is January 30, 2013.  ORHP strongly recommends that applicants submit their applications prior to the due date to avoid any technological problems. All applications have to be submitted electronically in www.grants.gov.

There will be a technical assistance call on December 18, 2012 (Tuesday) at 2:00 PM EST to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free number to call in is 1-877-924-1745.  The Passcode is Quality.  Please dial in 10 minutes before call is to begin.  The leader’s name is Ann Ferrero.

The purpose of the call is to review the grant guidance, and to provide any additional or clarifying information that may be necessary regarding the application process.  There will be a Q&A session at the end of the call to answer any questions.  While the call is not required, it is highly recommended that anyone who is interested in applying for the Rural Quality Program plan to listen to the call.  It is most useful to the applicants when the grant guidance is easily accessible during the call and if questions are written down ahead of time for easy reference.  The Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until January 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM CST. To access the playback, please call: 1-866-382-4785.

For further questions on this funding opportunity, please contact the program coordinator, Ann Ferrero, 301-443-3999, aferrero@hrsa.gov.

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