The Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grant is a federal grant program designed to assist small, rural hospitals with costs related to one or potentially all four of these areas: 1) Prospective Payment System (PPS); 2) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP); 3) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs); and 4) Bundled Payments.
To be eligible for the SHIP grant program, hospitals must meet the following requirements: 1) defined as small - 49 available acute beds or less, as reported on most recently filed Medicare Cost Report; 2) located in a rural area or in a Metropolitan Statistical Area or in a Rural Urban Commuting Area called a RUCA or certified as a critical access hospital; and 3) defined as a non-federal short term general acute care facility.
The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) administers the SHIP grant program on behalf of the State Office of Rural Health, Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Rural Health. ICAHN is responsible for the individual hospital application process and the submission of the state application for all Illinois hospitals collectively.
Applications and Grant Reports