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January 2012

OSU Center for Rural Health Distributes SHIP Grants to 59 Rural Hospitals

As part of its Small Hospital Improvement Program, the Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health is distributing 59 grants totaling $442,724 to rural hospitals in Oklahoma.

The SHIP grant program is for small, rural hospitals that are essential access points for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. SHIP allows rural hospitals to keep pace with their urban counterparts in complying with new Medicare and Medicaid programs and policies.

“With the ever-changing healthcare environment, it is important that rural hospitals continue to meet the new Medicare requirements and maintain pace with their larger, urban counterparts,” said Corie Kaiser, interim director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health.
“Through the SHIP grant, rural hospitals are able to put the funds towards areas that will help increase their efficiency, quality and performance.”

Each hospital is awarded $7,503.80 to offset costs related to the implementation of prospective payment systems, improve data collection activities to facilitate reporting to Hospital Compare, or support quality improvement and care transitions activities.

To qualify for the program, hospitals must be small (49 staffed beds or less) and rural (located outside of or within a rural census tract of a metropolitan statistical area).

The Health Resources and Services Administration at the United States Department of Health and Human Services provides funding for the Small Hospital Improvement Program.

More about SHIP grants: http://www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/ruralhealth/ship.cfm

A map of the hospitals receiving SHIP funding is available on the OSU Center for Rural Health’s blog at http://www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/ruralhealth/documents/chaship0611.pdf

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