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Value-Based Purchasing Activities
The Office of Rural Health Policy has provided the following examples of how hospitals can spend SHIP grant funding to support Prospective Payment Services (VBP) activities:

  • Staff training on Hospital Compare;
  • Staff training and education on streamlining data collection;
  • Purchasing software for patient care tracking;
  • Purchasing a Lean Six Sigma performance software;
  • Updating revenue cycle management procedures;
  • Purchasing a management and patient safety program to evaluate and track medication errors, adverse drug reactions, drug usage, drug purchasing, drug storage/inventory, and/or drug distribution;
  • Updating ECG machines to transfer images to network hospitals for cardiology interpretation;
  • Purchasing analytics software to automate data collection and the development of metrics (financial, clinical, and operational);
  • Paying for costs related to HCHAPS and CMS data collection (this includes vendor fees and staff training for HCHAPS data collection and analyzing as well as hardware for submitting CMS quality standards data).
  • Purchasing a subscription to Joint Commission Quality Measures; and
  • Training s taff to improve surgical care.

The above list contains only examples of how hospitals may expend their SHIP grant funding in support of VBP activities. Hospitals may certainly spend their SHIP grant funding in ways not listed above provided that the funding is used to improve data collection activities.