Small Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)
The Florida Office of Rural Health, within the Florida Department of Health, receives federal funding under the Small Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP). The purpose of this funding is to help small rural hospitals do any or all of the following: 1) pay for costs related to implementation of prospective payment systems (PPS), 2) comply with provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, and 3) reduce medical errors and support quality improvement.
This program is authorized by Section 1820(g)(3) of the Social Security Act.
All small rural hospitals located in the U.S. and the Territories, including faith-based hospitals are eligible for funding. For the purpose of this program, 1) "small" is defined as 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Reports, 2) "rural" is defined as located outside a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA); or located in a rural census tract of a MSA as determined under the Goldsmith Modification or the Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCAs), and 3) "hospital" is defined as a non-Federal short-term, general acute care facility. Hospitals may be for-profit or not-for-profit. Tribally operated hospitals under Titles I and V or P.L. 93-638 are eligible to the extent that such hospitals meet the above criteria.
The requested grant funds must be used for the following:
There is no requirement for matching funds under this program.