PA – CMS Announces $10M for State’s Medicare Rural Health Model

April 2017 ~

At the start of this month, CMS announced that $10 million in startup funds has been granted to the Pennsylvania Department of Health to set up its new alternative payment model for Medicare in rural hospitals.

The notice, published in the Federal Register, announced the issuance of the January 12, 2017 single-source cooperative agreement funding opportunity announcement to begin the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model‘s implementation activities, titled “Funding in Support of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model Cooperative Agreement” (the “Funding Opportunity”).

The Funding Opportunity is available solely to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acting through the Pennsylvania Department of Health (the “Commonwealth”) and is intended to provide the Commonwealth with necessary start-up funding for the Model and is open to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC).

The model will be tested over seven years, four of which will be partially funded by CMS. The project period of the initial award, in the amount of $10 million, to the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be 12 months from the date of award. The project period of the second award, in the amount of $15 million, to the RHRC, or to the Pennsylvania Department of Health if the RHRC has not been established, will be 36 months from the date of award. The performance period of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model began on January 13, 2017, and will conclude on December 31, 2023.

Full details are available on the Federal Register.

 

Source(s): HealthcareFinance News; InsideHealthPolicy;

 

 

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