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Improved Health Outcomes Program (iHOP)

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Notice of correction: The letter that was recently sent out incorrectly stated the due date for the Letters of Intent as Monday, May 23rd, 2014. The correct date is Monday, June 23rd, 2014.

The board of University Health Care (UHC), the company operating as Passport Health Plan, has set aside funds for research and development of programs that would improve the quality, access, efficiency, and cost of health care delivered to their constituents. The IHOP initiative will seek proposals from entities that provide services directly or indirectly to Medicaid or uninsured patients in Kentucky.  Funding is for one time projects that could be completed in 1 year with quantifiable outcomes.

The Goals of the iHOP

iHOP projects should seek to advance the health care of the Medicaid and uninsured population in Kentucky through initiatives that:

  1. Lead to a better understanding of the needs, access issues, and quality of care in this population

  2. Design and test models or programs to improve the quality of care in this population

  3. Design and test models or programs to improve the satisfaction with care in this population

  4. Design and test models or programs to improve the access to care in this population

  5. Design and test models or programs to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiencies of providing care to this population

  6. Explore and test unique collaborations or partnerships that offer opportunities to improve the care for this population including community-based initiatives

  7. Design and test care management programs

  8. Design and test programs to address health care disparities

Program Announcements

UHC will announce the available pool of funds for iHOP projects in each annual funding cycle, deadlines for applications, and evaluations methodologies, and program requirements. The seventh cycle has up to $250,000 of available funds.

Project Timeline:


Monday, June 23rd 2014     

Letters of Intent (LOI) Accepted

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Review Committee Meeting

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Invitations Issued to Submit a Full Proposal

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Full Proposals Deadline

Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

Review Committee Meeting

Early September 2014

Grants Committee meeting

Week of September 22nd, 2014

Notification of Awards

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Funding Begins