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Accountable Care Organization Activities
The Office of Rural Health Policy has provided the following examples of how hospitals can spend SHIP grant funding to support Accountable Care Organization (ACO) activities:

  • Providing staff-wide cultural competency training to improve health outcomes;
  • Conducting assessment, data analysis, and/or training on avoidable re-hospitalizations;
  • Purchasing wireless technology to reduce medical errors;
  • Purchasing a subscription to a performance management program;
  • Participating in a national benchmarking system to improve patient outcomes;
  • Purchasing software for reporting tools to reconcile and track medication error reduction;
  • Purchasing hardware /software to connect EKG results directly into patient’s EMR for physician review;
  • Purchasing educational materials for staff training to reduce medication errors;
  • Purchasing services to survey patient satisfaction;
  • Purchasing solution software that provides access to clinical results in real-time;
  • Training staff in safe patient handling to decrease patient falls;
  • Staff QI training;
  • Purchasing consultant services to include a comprehensive assessment of current hospital practices with Joint Commission standards;
  • Purchasing defibrillators to ensure quality in treating heart attack victims;
  • Purchasing infection control training manual to assist with benchmarking and outcomes measurement;
  • Purchasing hardware to track discharge instructions from providers; and
  • Purchasing hardware and software to enable the collection and reporting of quality outcomes such as medication errors, infection rates, etc.

The above list contains only examples of how hospitals may expend their SHIP grant funding in support of ACO activities. Hospitals may certainly spend their SHIP grant funding in ways not listed above provided that the funding is used to offset costs related to supporting quality outcomes.