SHIP Resources for Hospitals

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program

The following resources are intended for states and hospitals looking for ideas, resources, and tools related to activities under the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP). The 47 participating State Offices of Rural Health assisted 1,580 hospitals throughout the US with $13.43 million in financial assistance in 2015.

Better Together: Resources on Forming Collaboratives in Rural Health Care

The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) encourages rural health organizations to form networks to collaborate on solutions, share knowledge, save money, and increase influence. Rural health care networks have a role in rural leadership, quality reporting, patient and community engagement, health information technology, workforce development, and enhanced care coordination. Within SHIP programs, networks are important for providing education and outreach, channeling communication, pooling resources, streamlining administration, and sharing CAH best practices and benchmarking.

SHIP Investment Resources

SHIP Investment Resources are organized to align with the SHIP Purchasing Menu according to the three key focus areas for hospital training and improvement activities:

  1. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or Shared Savings (SS): Activities that support the development or basic tenets of ACOs or Shared Savings Programs
  2. Value-Based Purchasing (VBP)
  3. Payment Bundling (PB) or Prospective Payment System (PPS)

Training and Events to Support All Hospitals

Hierarchical Condition Coding Education

Hierarchical Condition Category Coding or coding for value-based purchasing (wellness visits, chronic care management, etc.) may be considered to support hospitals.

Health Information Technology Training for Value and ACOs (Quality Reporting and Patient Portals)

Health Information Technology (HIT) has great potential to improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of health services in rural communities, as well as help providers manage population health. However, implementing, maintaining, and optimizing HIT can be a challenge for rural facilities and providers with limited resources and technology expertise.

Data Analytics Training: Webinar and Portal

In this webinar, you will learn about data analytics and statistical analysis to rural health networks. We will introduce open source tools that are useful for analyzing complex data relationships and learn about best practices and available resources associated with data analytics.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $957,510 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Healthcare data is being generated at an unprecedented rate and meaningful use of EHRs is integrally linked to this trend. This portal provides tools and resources aimed to assist healthcare organizations gain maximum value from their EHR data related to meaningful use and beyond.

Value-Based Payment Education: Alternative Payment Models and Merit- Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS)

Resources focused on engaging physicians and other providers to successfully transition to a value-based system.

Lean Projects Related to SHIP Menu Categories

Lean health care training for small rural hospitals. A series of three webinars that cover the principles of Lean, Areas of Waste, Value Stream Mapping, Problem Solving, Measurement and Lean Culture.

Pricing Transparency Training

Pricing transparency is an ACA requirement and customer expectations are on the rise. Many providers struggle to explain or understand the methodology used to establish pricing.

Funding can also be used to assist small rural hospitals and CAHs with provider-based rural health clinics to assist with the implementation of NQF-endorsed measure specification adoption.