Rural Health Network Development Program

10/04/16  Portland, Ore.

The purpose of this program is to support mature, integrated rural health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will award approximately $27 million over a three-year project period to support the Program’s goal of assisting rural health care providers in acclimating to the evolving health care environment, including delivery system reform and the focus on population health and value based payment. Eligible networks applying to this program will demonstrate that they have positioned themselves for these changes and must be mature, integrated health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Grantees under this program have used funds to address a variety of health care needs, including: integrating behavioral and oral health into primary care, creating health information exchanges, creating value based health care systems, and implementing tele health programs.

For more information, contact Jayne Berube at .