Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program

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Purpose

The Alliance provides infrastructure funding to support health care and community-based organizations in implementing information technology and equipment systems that will expand their capacity to serve the Medi-Cal population in the Alliance’s service area, and will result in improved access, coordination, and quality of care.


For the TeleSpecialty Care Program, please click here for more information and eligibility requirements.

Eligible Applicants

To be considered for Infrastructure Program funding, applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program (see Eligibility Guidelines) and meet the following program-specific requirements:


Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental entity that provides safety net services to a significant volume of Medi-Cal members in the Alliance service area.
Be able to secure additional financial commitment to support the project from other sources such as donations, in-kind support, cash or documented loans or lines of credit, and/or other state, local or grant funding. See Funding Amount and Term section below for details on the percentage of project funding required.
The useful life of infrastructure projects should be at least three years, and applicants must plan to use the technology and/or equipment for the benefit of Medi-Cal members for a minimum of three years after completion of implementation.

Types of Funded Projects

Funding can be used to support project costs associated with planning and implementation of infrastructure investments that directly enhance an organization’s capacity to serve the Medi-Cal population by addressing barriers to care (i.e. availability, distance, and language), increasing practice efficiency and quality, and/or supporting the delivery of coordinated and integrated care. Preference will be given to applications that best demonstrate how new technology and/or equipment would increase access, coordination and/or quality of care for Medi-Cal members, and directly support the Alliance’s funding goals.


All Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program awards are one-time grants. Funding for ongoing subscription, license or maintenance fees, or other operational costs will not be considered. For the Infrastructure Program, the Alliance will allow applicants receiving a planning grant to apply for a follow-on implementation grant. Receiving a planning grant award is not a prerequisite for applying for an implementation grant. Applicants receiving planning grants are not guaranteed to receive implementation grants. Submission of planning and implementation applications in the same funding cycle is not encouraged. A single entity is limited to Infrastructure Program funding for planning and/or implementation for one project (not including TeleSpecialty Care Program grants).


Examples of projects that could be funded:


Planning for Infrastructure Projects

Engagement of a consultant to complete a needs assessment, feasibility study, or carry out other planning and technical assistance required for successful implementation of infrastructure project.

Implementation of Infrastructure Projects

Purchase and implementation of new technologies that expand access and support member health and wellness, such as health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHRs), communication systems, and mobile health technology.
Purchase and implementation of technologies that support data exchange, integration, and care coordination.
Training of health care staff and/or patients in use of HIT systems or equipment.
Consultation and training to optimize EHR use to support high-functioning care teams, care coordination, evidence-based care and population health management.
Implementation of telecommunications tools and technologies that enable or expand use of telehealth. TeleSpecialty Care Program grants are considered separately (see below)

The Alliance will not fund the following:

Equipment already purchased or in place.
Equipment reimbursed through the Alliance’s authorization process.
Leased equipment.
Software licensing, agreements or subscription fees beyond implementation of the project.

Funding Amount and Term

Infrastructure Program funding requests may range from $10,000 to $250,000. The Alliance will consider funding planning grants up to 50% of total costs, not to exceed a total grant of $40,000. The Alliance will consider funding implementation grant requests up to 75% of total costs, not to exceed a total grant of $250,000. For implementation grants, applicants must demonstrate that the initial 25% of funding has been secured. A single entity is limited to Infrastructure Program funding for planning and/or implementation for one project (not including TeleSpecialty Care Program grants).


Infrastructure grant awards will depend on the total number of applications received and the amounts requested by each applicant.


Planning and implementation grants will be considered separately. Project timelines for planning should not exceed 6 months. Project timelines for implementation should not exceed 18 months. Depending on the amount, grant awards may be paid in installments. Grant reports are required and will be due to the Alliance based on the length of the project, including but not limited to a final report.


Please note that Infrastructure Implementation grant funding is reserved for those entities who are current Infrastructure Planning grantees to apply for up to one year post Planning project completion; however, Implementation grants are not guaranteed.


Application

Visit How to Apply for deadlines, instructions, and online application form.


Applications require submission of current fiscal statements. This includes Statement of Financial Position (i.e. balance sheet) and Statement of Activities (i.e. profit and loss). Audited financial statements for the past two completed fiscal years are also required (or rationale if not audited).




TeleSpecialty Care Program

The Infrastructure Program includes funding to support primary care providers participating in the Alliance’s TeleSpecialty Care Program, allowing access to specialty care through real-time, video-based technology at the members’ primary care provider (PCP) office.


The TeleSpecialty Care Program expands access to specialty care services through real-time video based technology at primary care provider (PCP) offices. Participating PCPs may apply for a grant to support implementation costs outlined on a scope of work from the Alliance-identified vendor and/or equipment needed to implement telespecialty care.


For more information about TeleSpecialty Care, please visit www.ccah-alliance.org/clinicalresources.html or call Provider Services at (800) 700-3874, ext. 5504.


Eligible Applicants: As part of the Infrastructure Program, applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program (see Eligibility Guidelines) and meet the following TeleSpecialty Care program-specific requirements:

Participate with the Alliance-identified vendor to implement telespecialty care.
Applicants are required to upload a scope of work for implementation costs from the Alliance's vendor and/or a quote for equipment costs to this grant application.
Providers who are awarded a TeleSpecialty Care Program grant must purchase and install equipment funded by the grant within 3 months of grant effective date.
Providers who are awarded a TeleSpecialty Care Program grant must agree to submit a report of referral completion rates for all specialties provided via telehealth at the PCP site.

Funding Amount and Term: The Alliance will consider funding TeleSpecialty Care Program grant requests up to $10,000. A single entity is limited to one TeleSpecialty Care Program grant. An entity is allowed to apply for a TeleSpecialty Care Program grant in addition to another Infrastructure grant, if eligible.


The Alliance will not fund the following for TeleSpecialty Care funded grants:

Equipment already purchased or in place.
Leased equipment.
Software licensing, agreements or subscription fees beyond implementation of the project.

Implementation timelines for TeleSpecialty Care Program grants should not exceed 6 months. Grants will be paid in one installment after implementation with vendor is complete. A grant report is required and will be due at 12 months after implementation is completed.


 

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