Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP)

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The Kansas Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), a federal-supported program to support small rural hospitals activities related to quality improvement and investments towards meaningful use of health information technology.

The Kansas SHIP is managed by the by State Office of Rural Health within the Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS). The SHIP is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in the Health Resources and Services Administration.

How does the SHIP work?
Hospitals receive direct grant funds, ranging between $8,000 and $9,000, to use towards:

  • Improving data collection activities in order to facilitate reporting to Hospital Compare.
  • Maintaining accurate billing and coding systems.
  • Building accountability across the continuum of care and improving care transitions between ambulatory and acute, acute to upstream acute and acute to step-down facility.
  • Improving quality outcomes. Focus on activities that support QI such as reduction of medical errors as well as education and training in data collection and reporting and benchmarking.

Who is Eligible for SHIP grants?
To be eligible for these grants, a hospital must be: 1) 49 available beds or less, as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Report, 2) in a rural area, (located outside a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or located in a rural census tract of a MSA as determined under the Goldsmith Modification), and 3) defined as a non-Federal, short-term, general acute care facility.

SHIP Hospitals Map

SHIP Question & Answer Teleconference/Webinars

December 1, 2015 – 2015-2016 Webinar Recording

December 1, 2015 – 2015-2016 SHIP Q&A Webinar

General questions, please email the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at

Hospital with SHIP grant-specific questions, please contact the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation at

Application and Reporting Forms

Resources and Tools

2015-2016 SHIP Payment Milestones |

Mid-Year & Year-End Reporting Form

Mid-Year & Year-End Reporting Instructions

Mid-Year Report Deadline: January 30, 2016
Year-End Report Deadline: September 12, 2016

SHIP Frequently Asked Questions |

2015-2016 SHIP Purchasing Menu |

Tip Sheet – Quality Reporting Submission Deadlines |

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improve Program