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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) at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE has contracted with KHERF to administer this program for FY16 and FY17.  The SHIP is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in the Health Resources and Services Administration.


Emergency Department Efficiencies Training Offered Nov 29 and Nov 30:

It is critically important, now more than ever, for rural hospitals to have a renewed focus on quality and efficiency to stay relevant in this rapidly changing market place.  CFOs, business office staff, quality and risk managers, emergency department staff, nursing staff, and registration staff will all benefit from learning how both finance and quality can successfully connect in the Emergency Department.  This one-day training is offered in two cities:  Hays on Nov. 29 and Wichita on Nov. 30.

Training sessions that will focus on strategies to connect quality and finance in the emergency department. Topics include: Refresher on EMTALA and strategies for improving revenue cycle practices; How to build relationships with patients, partners and the community is essential to this concept; and Tools and ideas on how your hospital can begin to put quality measures and financial initiatives together to make current processes more efficient and improve patient satisfaction.  More information can be found on the KRHOP website.

ED Efficiencies Training Brochure 11-2017

Click Here to Register Online



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.

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


Quarterly Webinars

Click on the links below to listen to the recordings and view the slides of the SHIP Quarterly Webinars:

September 20, 2017 Recording and Slides

June 20, 2017 Recording and Slides

March 20, 2017 Recording and Slides


Additional Resources

Click on the links below for additional resources:

SHIP Fillable Agreement with Hospitals FY17

SHIP Frequently Asked Questions FY 17

MBQIP Data Submission Deadlines – 2017-2018 SHIP

FY 17 SHIP Purchasing Menu