Network Access Improvement Program & Equipment Purchase Program

CenCal Health has established the Network Access Improvement & Equipment Purchase Program in January 2021 in response to noted regional gaps in access to primary and specialty care recruitment.  In addition, CenCal Health has identified a need to assist our providers acquiring needed equipment to conduct exams and care for our American with Disabilities Act (ADA) members or to acquire Vaccines For Children (VFC) compliant refrigerators to store vaccines to administer to our pediatric and adolescent members.

Program Funding Goals

  • Increase CenCal Health member access to primary and specialty care through local providers and decrease the need for our members to travel out of the contracted provider network to obtain needed services.
  • Improve provider capability to examine our ADA members and provide VFC vaccines to our pediatric and adolescent members

Follow the reference details below to learn more about the program criteria and funding or contact your Provider Relations Representative for more information by emailing psrgroup@cencalhealth.org

Provider Network Expansion Grant

CenCal Health will provide funding for up to:
  • $150,000 for Specialty Recruitment Costs
  • $100,000 for Primary Care Recruitment Costs
  • $75,000 for Mid-level Recruitment Costs

Payments for provider recruitment will be distributes as follows:

  • 50% upon the successful credentialing of the new provider
  • 25% upon the completion six (6) months of service
  • 25% upon the completion of twelve (12) months of service

Program Criteria

  • Provider must be recruited from outside CenCal Health Service Areas of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties
  • Provider must accept CenCal Health members for a minimum of three (3) continuous years from the date the provider is made effective in CenCal Health’s system.
  • Provider must demonstrate access to CenCal Health members by accepting CenCal Health members and scheduling appointments within the regulatory appointment guidelines.  If a PCP, the provider must be Open Access and Accepting New Members until the provider meets the membership maximum capacity of 2000 members for three (3) years.
  • If the above conditions are not met, CenCal Health will recoup funding on a pro-rated basis

Application Form

Please fill out the Physician Recruitment Application Form and email the completed application to psrgroup@cencalhealth.org.  All applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

Successful applications will be decided by a cross-functional workgroup consisting of CenCal Health leadership.  The workgroup will take into consideration the applicant’s ability to expand critical access, ability to implement quickly, and likelihood of success of the project.

Funding

All approved projects will receive funding for the year they are funded for, but no funding is guaranteed going forward in future years. 

Please contact your Provider Relations Representative for more information by emailing psrgroup@cencalhealth.org

 

 


Equipment Purchase Program Grant

CenCal Health will provide funding for up to:

  • $5,000 provided for purchase of scales, trapeze, hi-low exam tables, or other equipment needed to retrofit exam room to accommodate members with disabilities to be paid in one lump sum upon award
  • $5,000 provided to purchase VFC-Compliant refrigerator to be paid in one lump sum upon award
  • Must demonstrate confirmation of equipment installation

Application Form

Please fill out the Equipment Purchase Application Form and email the completed application to psrgroup@cencalhealth.org .  All applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis

Successful applications will be decided by a cross-functional workgroup consisting of CenCal Health leadership.  The workgroup will take into consideration the applicant’s ability to expand critical access, ability to implement quickly, and likelihood of success of the project..

Funding

All approved projects will receive funding for the year they are funded for, but no funding is guaranteed going forward in future years. 

Please contact your Provider Relations Representative for more information by emailing psrgroup@cencalhealth.org