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September 25, 2017


November 8th, 2017 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho

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CLICK HERE for the agenda

The Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care invites you to take advantage of this annual opportunity to network with peers and obtain advice from experts in the healthcare industry!

· CAHS: Benchmarking MBQIP and the future of the Flex Program

· RHCs: Managing, Advanced Billing, and Legislative Updates

· FMCs: Association Development and Best Practices


• FY17 Flex Grant Application Guidance CLICK HERE 

• Fillable Face Page Document

• Applications Due: October 10, 2017, 12:00 PM (MT)/11:00 AM (PT).  

• Technical Assistance Webinar Recording: 

 Eligible applicants:

• Cohort of designated Idaho CAHs (two or more CAHs working together formally or informally) 

o One (1) CAH must be the lead applicant 

• Idaho rural health networks (must be nonprofit and include at least two Idaho CAHs) 

• An individual Idaho CAH without a cohort may only apply for the Innovative/Transformative Healthcare Model opportunity 

• Those entities awarded last year (FY16) cannot apply for the same focus area this year (FY17). For example, if awarded the Quality Improvement cohort last year, the entity could only apply for a Financial and Operational cohort or Innovative/Transformative Health Model. 


 Eligible Activities:

• Quality Improvement: Projects/activities connected to the improvement of Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) required and additional measures  

• Financial and Operational Improvement: Projects/activities to improve the 10 financial/operational indicators identified in the Critical Access Hospital Finance 101 Manual  

• Innovative/Transformative Healthcare Model: Projects/activities to support specific efforts targeting clinically integrated networks, Population Health Management, projects addressing frequent/high cost users of health care or emergency department, care coordination, etc.  


 Award Amounts:

• Quality Improvement Cohort: 2 awards of $26,500 each 

• Financial/Operational Improvement Cohort: 2 awards of $26,500 each 

• Innovation/Transformation Model: 1 award of $20,000 

Webinar Recording: 

CLICK HERE Appendix Z Guidelines

CLICK HERE Webinar Slides


CLICK HERE CAH Inpatient Plan Template

CLICK HERE After-Action Report/Improvement Plan

CLICK HERE Job Action Sheet Template 

CLICK HERE Helpful General Emergency Preparedness Resources

There are 7 Regional Healthcare Disaster Preparedness Coalitions in Idaho grouped by county.  Idaho’s Regional Healthcare Coalitions assist with healthcare facility questions on emergency preparedness and response.  

CLICK HERE for the Map and contact information for each of the Regional Healthcare Coalitions. 

The Idaho J-1 Visa Waiver Program has been expanded to allow qualifying Idaho healthcare facilities to submit waiver applications for specialist physicians and physician placements in areas without a federal shortage area designation. 

For detailed information and program requirements, please review the Idaho J-1 Visa Waiver Program page or contact the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care at 208-334-0669 or by email at

SLRP is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for nurses, clinicians, and physicians working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant, every award must be matched $1 to $1 with funds provided by the practitioner’s employer. Participating sites must implement a sliding fee scale for low income and uninsured patients and accept Medicare and Medicaid. Loan repayment awards may range from $2,500-$25,000 per year depending on employer contribution. A service obligation is required and sites must submit biannual reports during the funding period. Participants currently receiving loan repayment and fulfilling a service obligation are not eligible.

Practitioners receiving loan repayment must:

  • Ensure individuals at or below 200% of the most recent HHS Poverty Guidelines will receive a schedule of discounts, and individuals with income at or below 100% of the HHS Poverty Guidelines will receive services at a nominal fee or at no charge;
  • Be employed or contracted by a nonprofit or public entity located in a Health Professional Shortage Area;
  • Accept Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Commit to fulfilling the minimum service obligation at the practice location in exchange for loan repayment and agree to substantial repayment penalties if the term of service is not completed (Full-time practitioners minimum 2 year service obligation and part-time practitioners minimum 4 year service obligation);
  • Not have concurrent service obligations;
  • Agree to participate in a site visit with staff from the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care during the obligation period.
For SLRP FAQ please Click Here

SLRP Site Application

SLRP Practitioner Application

Eligible SLRP disciplines include:

Primary Care Behavioral Health Dental Health  
Family Practice MD DD
Pediatrician Psychiatrist RDH
Internal Medicine Psychologist  
PharmD Psych Nurse Specialist
  Marriage/Family Therapist  
  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  

For the SLRP Practitioner Application click here.
For the SLRP Site Application click here

National Rural Health Day was November 17th, 2016!

To learn more about National Rural Health Day- Click Here

The Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care would like to share some fun activities that to celebrate the power of rural! Click on the links below.