Rural Hospital Programs
The Rural Hospital Programs include the Utah Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Utah Flex) and the Utah Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).
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Helping hospitals meet rural healthcare needs.
Utah Flex and SHIP provide funding to hospitals located in rural communities. These programs are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The goal of the Utah Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Utah Flex) is to ensure that high quality healthcare is available in rural communities and meets their healthcare needs. Utah Flex supports financial, operational, and quality initiatives, and indicator-driven health improvement projects.
The Utah Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) provides funding to small rural and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to assist with activities related to purchasing.
Utah SHIP also helps with quality improvement activities to advance patient care information, and promote coordination and efficiency, such as purchasing equipment, and paying for training.
Use these resources to help improve your health systems.
Quality Improvement Basics: Telligen/Stratis Health
Emergency Department Transfer Communication
Program contact info
Health Systems Support Coordinator
Health System Specialist
Codes and rules
Read about the codes and rules that govern this program.