TULSA — Pawhuska Hospital was one of 59 hospitals to recently receive a grant from Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health through the Small Hospital Improvement Program.
"When it comes to health care reforms, these small rural hospitals are in need of assistance to meet the federal guidelines," said Corie Kaiser, director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health. "SHIP grants support quality improvements and health information technology implementation to meet these requirements at these hospitals which are at the heart of many Oklahoma communities."
The SHIP grants, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, assist small hospitals with participating in certain reforms outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
Each hospital was awarded $7,415.50 for utilizing value-based purchasing, implementing a Medicare reimbursement system and developing data collection activities.
To qualify for the program, hospitals must have 49 or fewer staffed beds and be located outside of a metropolitan statistical area or within a rural census tract.
The OSU Center for Rural Health, part of the OSU Center for Health Sciences, trains physicians and other health care providers and is dedicated to increasing access to health care in rural Oklahoma.
For a list of hospitals in Oklahoma which received SHIP grants, visit www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/news/2014/02-13-ship.php.