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 first 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.
For this first cycle, electronic and hard copy applications are due no later than Thursday, October 18, 2018 on or before 2:00 p.m. Award announcements for the first cycle will be made by early December 2018.
Applications will also be accepted in the following cycles:
- Second cycle deadline: December 6, 2018
- Third cycle deadline: March 7, 2019
- Fourth cycle deadline: June 6, 2019
Please email the two-page application, one-page budget, and other required documents listed in the RFA, Section VIII. APPLICATION SUBMISSION to CommunityBenefits@lacare.org. You may also download the documents here.
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, and as long as all other eligibility criteria are met.
Applicants are limited to one award per funding cycle.
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. 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, physicians are encouraged to apply for Physician Loan Repayment Program funds as long as they meet program criteria. For more information, please refer to the RFA, Section VI.
No. Only contracted providers that directly hire physicians and provide direct clinical services.
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 entirety of the 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.
No, there is not a cap for the benefits calculation.
No, we do not permit indirect costs for this RFA.
No, recruitment firms are not an allowed cost.