Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

Overview

The Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, under State Office of Rural Health (SORH) program receives federal funds for the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP). The SHIP program provides financial support and guidance to up to twenty-two qualified Rural Hospitals to prepare them with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). SHIP program is authorized by Section 1820 (g) (3) of the Social Security Act, amended by section 3129 of the ACA.

Purpose

The purpose of the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) is to help small rural hospitals of 49 beds or less, and do any or all of the following:

  1. 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),
  2. aid small rural hospitals in joining or becoming accountable care organizations, or create shared savings programs per the ACA, and
  3. enable small rural hospitals to purchase health information technology, equipment and/or training to comply with meaningful use, ICD-10 standards, and payment bundling.

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