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Rural Physician Incentive Grant Program

Grants to South Carolina Medical Professionals to
Establish or Join Medical Practices in Underserved Areas

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Medical University of South Carolina - South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC)

Deadline Date:

03/15/18

Description:

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Grants to South Carolina primary care physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, nurses, and physician assistants to commit to working for a minimum of four years in a rural or underserved area of the state. The purpose of this program is to support physicians and other medical professionals in joining or establishing practices in designated rural and underserved areas.

The Legislature of South Carolina provides that the Medical University of South Carolina is the state agency responsible for administering the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (South Carolina AHEC) program. A high priority of South Carolina AHEC is the recruitment and placement of health care providers. The state legislature has provided funds to South Carolina AHEC to assist in the recruitment and placement of primary care physicians in designated underserved areas of South Carolina.

Overview:

The State Incentive Grant program provides funding to primary care physicians (Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Ob/Gyn) who contract for a period of four years to practice in rural or underserved areas of South Carolina. The program also provides funding to general surgeons and psychiatrists who contract for a period of four years to practice in rural or underserved areas of South Carolina.

The Rural Physician Board recognizes the need for advanced practice professionals in underserved areas of South Carolina as well. The Rural Physician Board will accept applications from credentialed Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants who contract for a period of four years to practice in a rural or underserved area of South Carolina.

The Rural Physician Board gives priority to physicians and the number of awards for advanced practice professionals may vary from year to year based on the demand for limited funds.

Priority:

The intent of this program is to assist physicians and advanced practice professionals in establishing or joining practices in rural or underserved areas. Ideally, during the four year period of commitment, they will develop viable practices and become involved in their communities, so that they will continue practicing in the area after the funding period is over. Priority for this program will be given to those demonstrating need and expressing honest intent to remain in the underserved area once funding is completed. Candidates are prioritized using an objective checklist that awards points in the following categories: South Carolina Medical, Nursing, or PA School, South Carolina Residency Program, Completion of a Rural Residency Training Track, Community Need, Committee Recommendation, Specialty, Previous Applicant and Underrepresented Minority.

Additional Program Information:

Half-time option (minimum of 20 hours per week) for half of the full-time (minimum of 40 hours per week) funding amount will be considered.

An area will be determined as rural or non-urbanized by using the United State Census Bureau’s website and the practice address. Please contact Kristin Cochran for assistance to determine eligibility of a specific practice address.

Funding will vary according the the county population level:

-Counties with populations less than 50,000: Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, McCormick, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Saluda, Union, Williamsburg

-Counties with populations greater than 50,000 but less than 100,000: Cherokee, Darlington, Georgetown, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Oconee, Orangeburg

-Counties with populations greater than 100,000: Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester (St. George area only), Florence, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter, York

-HPSA Counties*: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Chester, Chesterfield, Colleton, Edgefield, Fairfield, Hampton, Lee, McCormick, Marlboro, Saluda, Union, Williamsburg.

*These Counties are Geographic Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSA). Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), population (e.g. low income or Medicaid eligible) or facilities (e.g. federally qualified health center). Applicants to the Rural Physician Program receive additional points as part of the scoring process for service in a Geographic HPSA as these areas are in greatest need of primary care services in the state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178970

Estimated Size of Grant:

For primary care physicians, general surgeons, and psychiatrists, the award will vary with the minimum being $60,000 and the maximum award being $100,00 depending upon the type of practice setting and the population of the county. All recipients must be licensed by the State of South Carolina and board certified.

For nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants, the amount of the award will vary with the minimum award being $30,000 and the maximum award being $50,000 depending upon the type of practice setting and the population of the county.

The State Incentive Grant Program may:
-Provide $25,000 per year for up to four years for qualified physicians practicing in counties with a population of less than 50,000.
-Provide $15,000 per year for up to four years for qualified physicians in counties with a population over 50,000 who work in rural areas (non-urbanized) as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census or who work in federally qualified health centers in urban areas.
-Provide $12,500 per year for up to four years to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) and Physician Assistants (PA) practicing in counties with a population of less than 50,000.
-Provide $7,500 per year for up to four years for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) and Physician Assistants (PA) in counties with a population over 50,000 who work in rural areas (non-urbanized) as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Census or who work in federally qualified health centers in urban areas.

Term of Contract:

The funding period is July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The State Incentive Grant program provides funding to primary care physicians (Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Ob/Gyn). The program also provides funding to general surgeons and psychiatrists.

All recipients must be licensed by the State of South Carolina and board certified. Applications are encouraged from residents who will be completing their training within the year, and it is expected that the resident will become board certified.

Clinicians (physicians and advanced practice providers) working in state prisons may qualify.

To be eligible for the State Incentive Grant program, all applicants must be U.S. citizens and are not eligible for consideration if they have previously received an award from the Rural Physician Incentive Grant Program or the Rural Physician Loan Repayment Program. Providers must also have practiced in the community for less than five years to be eligible for the program.

The Rural Physician Board will accept applications from credentialed Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

Providers whose applications are approved will be notified in June and awarded contracts effective July 1, 2018. Emails will be sent to all applicants indicating if they were approved or not approved.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kristin C. Cochran, MHA
P: 843-792-6977
F: 843-792-4430
cochrak@musc.edu

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USA: South Carolina