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Provider Recruitment Program

Primary Care Psychiatrists are now eligible for Provider Recruitment Program Grants and the Provider Loan Repayment Program

L.A. Care's Elevating the Safety Net is a long-term initiative to recruit high-quality primary care providers 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 (PRP) is one part of this initiative. The program provides grant funds that will allow contracted entities within L.A. Care's Medi-Cal network to better compete with practices outside of the safety net.

 

Purpose

L.A. Care is pleased to announce that the seventh grantmaking cycle for the Elevating the Safety Net Provider Recruitment Program is open from May 5, 2020 through June 9, 2020.

The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to attract new providers to L.A. Care's Medi-Cal network, and to increase health care access to low-income populations in Los Angeles County.  The PRP grant program is designed to recruit five types of disciplines practicing in primary care settings, including: pediatricians, OB/GYNs, family and internal medicine physicians, and psychiatrists.

 

Funds

This RFA is open to contracted entities with L.A. Care. Applicants may request up to $125,000 per provider. 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 may request funds for up to two providers per funding cycle but no more than four providers across the three funding cycles for L.A. Care’s FY 2019-20, which starts October 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020. 

 

Deadlines

For the seventh application cycle, electronic and hard copy applications are due no later than Tuesday June 9, 2020 at or before 2:00 p.m. Award announcements for the seventh cycle will be made by late August 2020.

Cycle VII represents the last PRP grant application cycle of FY 2019-20. Please send an email to CommunityBenefits@lacare.org to inquire about the grant application deadlines for FY 2020-21.

Please visit our website regularly for updates.

 

Applications

Review the Request for Applications document carefully, as it details our application process and important deadlines. We also have a FAQ document to assist you further in understanding the scope of this RFA.

Request for Applications (RFA)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you would like to apply for a PRP grant, please request the Grant Application, Budget Template and W-9 form by messaging Community Benefits.

Request Materials

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply?

There is a two-step application submission process outlined in the RFA. All applicants must submit electronic application materials AND mail overnight hard copy documents as described in the RFA, Section VIII: APPLICATION SUBMISSION. If you would like to apply for a PRP grant, please request the Grant Application, Budget Template and W-9 form by sending an email to both CommunityBenefits@lacare.org AND RLewis@lacare.org. Once you have completed the application materials, please email the four-page application, one-page budget, and other required documents to CommunityBenefits@lacare.org as instructed.

When is the deadline to apply?

Although you may apply anytime, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application prior to the cycle deadlines as noted in the RFA.

Do I need to identify a provider prior to applying?

If you are hiring one provider, then the provider must start employment no later than December 31, 2020. If you are hiring two providers, then at least one of the providers must start employment no later than September 1, 2020.

If I hired a provider prior to submitting my application, am I eligible for funds?

Yes, applicants qualify for funds if hiring occurred as early as four (4) months prior to the cycle deadline, in addition to meeting all other eligibility criteria.

What if I hire more than one (1) provider during a given application cycle?

Applicants are limited to two (2) providers per funding cycle. However, applicants may not apply for more than four (4) providers across the three (3) funding cycles in L.A. Care’s FY 2019-20, which starts October 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020. 
Please note that grant funds to cover two physicians in any given cycle will not be distributed until BOTH physicians have started employment with your organization.

If we are seeking to hire two (2) providers, do we need to submit one application per provider?

No, applicants must submit one (1) application to cover up to two (2) providers. For example, if there are two (2) full-time providers (32 hours per week, per provider), the applicant may apply for up to $250,000. For example, if there is one (1) full-time provider (32 hours per week) and one (1) part-time provider (16 hours per week), the applicant may apply for up to $187,500.

Can I apply and get an award every cycle?

You may only apply if you have met all the requirements of the previous cycles, including hiring a provider under a PRP grant awarded under a previous cycle. The provider hired under the previous cycle must still be employed with the applicant. Please refer to the RFA, Section III: Eligibility Criteria for details.

Can I use these funds to hire a part-time provider?

Yes. However, the provider must be responsible for at least 16 hours of direct patient care per week. The full award amount of $125,000 is only available if provider is responsible for 32 hours of direct care. Funds will be prorated based on direct patient care hours.

Can I hire any other type of provider beyond the five prioritized in the RFA and application?

No, PRP funds are to be used solely for hiring any one of the five provider types specified in the RFA and application. 

Would a psychiatrist employed by a medical group be eligible for PRP funding?

No, the psychiatrist must be an employee of a contracted entity in L.A. Care’s Medi-Cal network. Only psychiatrists employed in primary care settings are eligible for PRP funding.

Are funds available to hire mid-levels and specialists?

The only specialists funded under PRP at this time are psychiatrists employed in primary care settings. Otherwise, no other specialists nor mid-levels are eligible for PRP funding.

Do Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) qualify for this program?

Yes. However, DO's must meet all other criteria listed in RFA, Section III Eligibility Criteria.

Will all applicants receive an award?

This is a competitive process and a number of factors will be considered, such as need and the ability of the contracted entity to support future patient growth. Therefore, not all applicants may receive an award. For more details, refer to the RFA, Section IV: Competitive Proposals.

How and when will applicants be notified of official awards?

Upon review of all applications, L.A. Care will notify applicants of official awards via email, regular mail, or both within ten (10) weeks from the cycle deadline.

If awarded, how soon can I expect to receive funds?

If awarded, 50% of funds will be disbursed within 30 days after the executed grant agreement is signed by all parties and when a qualified provider has started employment with the contracted entity. The remaining 50% will be disbursed when the provider clears L.A. Care’s credentialing process or contracted entity has provided documentation that the hired physician has provided at least six months of cumulative service (whichever comes first).

What happens if the hired provider does not complete at least 36 months of service?

The contracted entity is required to replace the provider within 36 months from the start date of the grant period to fulfill the remaining service requirement. Should the provider leave before completing the required 36 months of continuous service, the contracted entity is obligated to notify L.A. Care of this disruption within 15 calendar days from the provider’s last date of employment. Written notice should be sent via email to RLewis@lacare.org with a cc: to CommunityBenefits@lacare.org.  Should the contracted entity fail to notify L.A. Care of the provider’s departure within this timeframe, L.A. Care reserves the right to withhold further payments and to not consider contracted entity for future PRP grant opportunities. No further grant awards will be provided until the provider has been replaced.

How can I get more information about PRP grants and the application process?

We strongly recommend you to join at least one of the informational calls offered during the application cycle. Please refer to the RFA Section VII: Information Conference Calls for dates, times and instructions. For more information, you may also visit our website www.lacare.org/elevateproviders.

Can IPAs submit an application?

No. Only contracted entities such as FQHCs, FQHC Look-A-Likes, Licensed 501c3 clinics, and independent practice providers that directly hire providers and provide direct clinical services are eligible to apply for this program.

How do I know if I am in good standing with L.A. Care?

Good standing will be determined based on your organization’s prior grant performance, grant reporting track record, and overall partnership history with L.A. Care.

Can I also refer a provider to apply for the Physician Loan Repayment funds?

Yes, we highly encourage individual providers who meet program criteria to apply for Physician Loan Repayment Program funds. For more information, please refer to the RFA, Section VI Physician Loan Repayment Program or visit: www.lacare.org/elevateproviders.

Can the hired provider practice at multiple sites/locations within my practice/clinic?

Yes, and when calculating the hours of direct patient care for the application, the hours should be cumulative across sites. Please keep in mind providers are not allowed to practice at more than four (4) sites, per L.A. Care policy.

Does patient population mean total for all my sites or only where the provider will practice?

Yes, all sites contracted under L.A. Care Health Plan's Medi-Cal network.

My practice doesn’t have a mission statement. How do I answer question 8 on page 3?

Focus on evidence of your practice’s commitment to serve Medi-Cal and/or uninsured populations.

Can I use all of the funds for the provider's salary and benefits?

Yes, you may use the entire award for the provider'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.

Is there a percentage cap for the benefit calculation?

There is no cap for the benefits calculation.

Do you allow indirect costs?

We do not permit indirect costs for this RFA.

Can we add the costs of a recruitment firm to the budget?

Recruitment firms are not an allowed cost.