Hospital Programs and Patient Opportunities

Rural Health and Primary Care Programs include programs that support small rural hospitals. These programs include:

  • Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP): Offers small rural hospitals opportunities to purchase hardware/software or participate in programs related to value-based purchasing, accountable care organizations or shared savings, and prospective payment system or payment bundling. 
  • Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex): Offers critical access hospitals opportunities to participate in free-of-charge technical assistance and programs for quality improvement, financial improvement, operational improvement, and population and community health.
  • SafeNetRx Program: Provides medications and medical supplies for little or no cost for Iowans in need of assistance.

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