Frequently Asked Questions
Provider Recruitment Program
L.A. Care’s Elevating the Safety Net is a long-term initiative to recruit high-quality primary care physicians into the Los Angeles County safety net. Each recruit could care for up to 2,000 new patients per year.
The Elevating the Safety Net Provider Recruitment Program is one part of this initiative. The program provides grant funds that will allow contracted providers within L.A. Care’s Medi-Cal network to better compete with practices outside of the safety net.
Request for Applications
L.A. Care is pleased to announce that the second grantmaking cycle for the Elevating the Safety Net Provider Recruitment Program is now open. Please review the Request for Applications (RFA) document carefully, as it details the application process and important deadlines.
The goal of this RFA is to attract new physicians to L.A. Care’s Medi-Cal network, and to increase health care access to low-income populations in Los Angeles County. It is designed to recruit primary care physicians who are Board-eligible or Board-certified, including pediatricians, OB/GYNs, family and internal medicine physicians.
This RFA is open to contracted providers with L.A. Care. Applicants may request up to $125,000 per organization. Funds can be used for salary and benefits subsidies, sign-on bonuses, and/or relocation costs. At least 50% of the funds must be used for salary and benefits subsidies.
Contracted providers are limited to one provider award per funding cycle. Total funding available for the Provider Recruitment Program is $3 million.
The first application cycle of this program is now closed. For the second application cycle, electronic and hard copy applications are due no later than Thursday, December 6, 2018 on or before 2:00 p.m. Award announcements for the second cycle will be made by mid-February 2019.
Applications will also be accepted in the following cycles:
- Third cycle deadline: March 7, 2019
- Fourth cycle deadline: June 6, 2019
There is a two-step application submission process. All applicants must submit electronic application materials AND mail overnight hard copy documents as described in the RFA, Section VIII: APPLICATION SUBMISSION. Please email the two-page application, one-page budget, and other required documents to CommunityBenefits@lacare.org.
Although you may apply anytime, you are encouraged to submit your application prior to the quarterly cycle deadlines as noted in the RFA.
No. However, if awarded, you must hire a physician within six months from the date of the award letter.
Yes, applicants qualify for funds if hiring occurred as early as three months prior to the cycle deadline, in addition to meeting all other eligibility criteria.
Applicants are limited to one award per funding cycle. We are planning to have up to four cycles per year.
Yes. However, the physician must provide at least 16 hours of direct patient care per week. The full award amount of $125,000 is only available if physician provides 32 hours of direct care.
Not at this time, but future funding may be offered to recruit mid-levels and specialists.
Yes, however, DO’s must meet all criteria listed in RFA, Section III.
This is a competitive process and a number of factors will be considered, such as need and the ability of the contracted provider to support future growth. Therefore, not all applicants may receive an award. For more details, refer to the RFA, Section IV.
Upon review of all applications, L.A. Care will notify applicants of official awards via email, regular mail, or both within eight weeks from the cycle deadline.
If awarded, 50% of funds will be disbursed when a qualified physician has accepted an offer of employment with the contracted provider. The remaining 50% will be disbursed when the physician clears L.A. Care’s credentialing process.
The contracted provider is required to replace the physician within six months from departure to fulfill the remaining service requirement.
Yes, we highly encourage individual physicians who meet program criteria to apply for Physician Loan Repayment Program funds. For more information, please refer to the RFA, Section VI.
We encourage you to join at least one of the informational calls offered during the application cycle. Please refer to the RFA Section VII for dates, times and instructions.
No. Only contracted providers that directly hire physicians and provide direct clinical services are eligible to apply for this program.
Good standing will be determine based on your performance and history with L.A. Care.
Yes, and when calculating the hours of direct patient care for the application, the hours should be cumulative.
Of all sites.
Focus on evidence of your practice’s commitment to serve Medi-Cal and/or uninsured populations.
Yes, you may use the entire award for the physician's salary and benefits. The total award amount will still be prorated based on the hours of direct patient care given, using 32 hours of direct patient care as a baseline to receive 100% of the award amount.
There is no cap for the benefits calculation.
We do not permit indirect costs for this RFA.
Recruitment firms are not an allowed cost.