FMRI has received numerous grant awards to augment resident education and improve patient services for at-risk populations. Grant funds make it possible to expand curriculum to include special programs to enhance the resident experience and to better prepare him/her for practice in rural communities.
HRSA National AIDS Education and Training Centers
In August 2011, FMRI was awarded a three-year development grant by HRSA to formally develop an HIV training track for residents, and the first residents entered this track in July 2013.
HRSA Affordable Care Act
Primary Care Residency Expansion (PCRE) Grant
FMRI was awarded both primary care expansion grants to increase the class size in the Caldwell RTT to a 3-3-3 program and the Magic Valley to a 2-2-2 program. Both hospital systems at West Valley Medical Center and St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center are supportive and that they would sustain this program after the five year grant period and offset additional expenses. The purpose of the Primary Care Residency Expansion (PCRE) Program is to increase the number of residents trained in general pediatrics, general internal medicine and family medicine by supporting new expanded resident positions in three-year primary care residency programs.
Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Payment Program
FMRI was awarded designation as a teaching health center (THC) by the federal government. This makes our program one of the first of 11 in the nation to receive this designation. THCs are community-based primary care training programs committed to preparing health professionals to serve the health needs of the community. By moving primary care training into the community, THCs are on the leading edge of innovative educational programming dedicated to ensuring a relevant and sufficient supply of health workforce professionals. Though THCs often collaborate with other health and education organizations to ensure quality training for their students, they maintain the lead role in setting the educational mission and framework for their training programs.A teaching health center is an entity that combines a federally qualified health center with a primary care residency, in our case a family medicine residency. The funding for this is still up in the air based on what happens in Congress with the politics of health care reform and the Congressional appropriations of funding. Regardless, it is a phenomenal feat for our program to become a cutting edge, first of its kind, new wave teaching health center that starts to address a new model of health care education and patient care based on the power of teams at the community level.
HRSA Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Grant Consultant
The purpose of the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program is to form a consortium of organizations to better understand the challenges that Rural Training Track (RTT) residency program sites have when recruiting family physicians to train and practice in rural settings. This consortium will work to identify and analyze the key policy issues affecting these rural training sites and, once these challenges and barriers are identified, to provide technical assistance to increase the number of family medicine physicians that choose to practice in rural areas. As part of the President’s Improving Rural Health Care Initiative, ORHP seeks to use this Cooperative Agreement as a pilot program to determine if targeted policy and technical assistance for the nation’s RTTs can affect their viability and ability to produce the maximum number of rural physicians. The intent of this pilot is to create a strong national network of RTTs.
Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (FQHC Look-Alike)
FMRI was approved by the federal government on June 14, 2007 to become a Federally Qualified Health Center Look- Alike and successfully completes annual recertification. This designation allows enhanced reimbursement for our Medicaid and Medicare patients allowing us to continue this much needed service to this vulnerable population of patients. Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes are community-based health care providers that meet the requirements of the HRSA Health Center Program, but do not receive Health Center Program funding. They provide primary care services in underserved areas, provide care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operate under a governing board that includes patients. With FQHC Look-Alike designation, FMRI will expand primary care access and services at both its clinics, enhance its pharmacy program, enhance mental health care services, and improve dental health care by moving from a fee-for-service environment to a cost-based Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement system.