The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy.
The federal grant provides additional resources to small rural hospitals to:
- VBP - Improving data collection activities in order to facilitate reporting to Hospital Compare.
- ACOs - Improving quality outcomes. Focus on activities that support QI such as reduction of medical errors as well as education and training in data collection and reporting and benchmarking.
- Payment Bundling - Building accountability across the continuum of care. Funding could be used to improve care transitions between ambulatory and acute, acute to upstream acute and acute to step-down facility. This could be done in the form of training, clinical care transition protocol development or data collection that documents these processes.
- PPS - Maintaining accurate PPS billing and coding such as updating chargemasters or providing training in billing and coding.
The Iowa program was established per Iowa Code 135M.4 and