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.
L.A. Care is pleased to announce that the eighth grantmaking cycle for the Elevating the Safety Net Provider Recruitment Program is open from September 22, 2020 through October 22, 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.
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 2020-21, which starts October 1, 2020 and ends September 30, 2021.
For the eighth application cycle, electronic and hard copy applications are due no later than Thursday, October 22 at or before 2:00 p.m. Award announcements for the eighth cycle will be made by mid December 2020.
Cycle VIII represents the first PRP grant application cycle of FY 2020-21. Please send an email to CommunityBenefits@lacare.org to inquire about other upcoming PRP grant application deadlines for FY 2020-21. Please visit our website regularly for updates.
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.
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.
There is a two-step application submission process outlined in the RFA. All applicants must submit electronic application materials 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.
Each grant cycle has its own specific application deadline. Please see the deadlines indicated in the RFA for the cycle under which you are applying.
If you are hiring one provider, then the provider must start employment no later than than the date identified in the RFA and the application for the cycle under which you are applying. If you are hiring two providers, then at least one of the providers must start employment no later than the date identified in the RFA and the application for the cycle under which you are applying.
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. The specific hiring timeframe is specified in the RFA and grant application for the cycle under which you are applying.
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 2020-2021, which starts October 1, 2020 and ends September 30, 2021. 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.
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.
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. For all previous PRP grantees, if any hired provider under a previous PRP grant has left your practice, the provider must have been replaced with another provider that serves the same number of hours as the departed provider. The applicant is eligible to apply for another grant once the departed provider has been replaced with another provider that serves the same number of hours. Please refer to the RFA, Section III: Eligibility Criteria for details.
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.
No, PRP funds are to be used solely for hiring any one of the five provider types specified in the RFA and application.
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.
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.
Yes. However, DO's must meet all other criteria listed in RFA, Section III Eligibility Criteria.
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.
Upon review of all applications, L.A. Care will notify applicants of official awards via email within ten (10) weeks from the cycle deadline.
If awarded, a grant agreement will be drafted once a provider has started employment with the grantee. Formal documentation that substantiates terms of the provider’s employment must be provided to L.A. Care from the grantee. Once an executed grant agreement is signed by all parties, 50% of funds will be disbursed within 30 days thereafter. The remaining 50% will be disbursed when the provider clears L.A. Care’s credentialing process.
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 considered until the provider has been replaced with another provider that serves at least the same number of hours as the departed provider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, all sites contracted under L.A. Care Health Plan's Medi-Cal network.
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 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.
There is no cap for the benefits calculation.
We do not permit indirect costs for this RFA.
Recruitment firms are not an allowed cost.