SMP Integration Projects

The summary for the SMP Integration Projects grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Administration on Aging, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
SMP Integration Projects: Since 1997 the Senior Medicare Patrol Projects (SMP) have been AoA's primary vehicle to conduct health care fraud control outreach and education for Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries. Retired professionals are recruited as volunteers to conduct community based training activities designed to increase awareness of vulnerable older consumers. As a result, consumers are empowered to protect themselves and take action to report suspicious activities, thereby decreasing costly billing errors, fraud and avoiding unnecessary medical interventions. In 2004, SMP Integration Grants were first awarded to 14 existing SMP projects for a two- year period, to develop new partnerships or "cutting edge" approaches to improve outreach efforts. AoA identified three priority areas for collaboration and program integration, including: Medicaid fraud, home health care fraud, and fraud related to the new prescription drug benefits under the Medicare Modernization Act. In 2006, 15 two-year awards were made to grantees who demonstrated how their proposals would strengthen the SMP program through the integration of SMP program materials, outreach and message to: 1) reach targeted populations; and 2) address targeted areas of health care fraud, error or abuse. Under this competition, AoA plans to further expand and integrate the SMP fraud awareness message throughout rural areas through collaborative efforts led by the state aging organization. Up to nine (9) cooperative agreements will be funded at a federal share of $100,000 per year and a project period of up to two years under this announcement. The award is a cooperative agreement because the Administration on Aging will be substantially involved in the development and implementation of the activities of the projects and will describe the technical assistance, support, and training to be provided to the projects. The cooperative agreements will provide expectations for: project activities, development and dissemination of models, and evaluation of the project; as well as detail substantial assistance and support to be provided by AoA and the National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (the Center). Applicants are required to cover at least 25% of the total program costs with non-Federal resources. The full text of the announcement includes a description of the priority areas and all the instructions necessary to prepare and submit a grant proposal to compete for the SMP Integration Grant awards. Competition for this funding opportunity is limited to State Units on Aging (SUA) as defined by the Older American Act (OAA) of 2006.
Federal Grant Title: SMP Integration Projects
Federal Agency Name: Administration on Aging
Grant Categories: Income Security and Social Services
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2008-AOA-SM-0811
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 93.048
CFDA Descriptions: Special Programs for the Aging_Title IV_and Title II_Discretionary Projects
Current Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2008
Original Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2008
Posted Date: Jun 11, 2008
Creation Date: Jun 11, 2008
Archive Date: Aug 13, 2008
Total Program Funding: $900,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 9
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
In order to ensure that the SMP program message is integrated throughout the State aging network, eligibility for application is limited to State Units on Aging (SUA). The Administration on Aging (AoA) envisions the SMP program as the nationally recognized leader in prevention and identification of fraud and abuse in health care programs that affect the lives of elderly consumers. To achieve this vision, AoA has developed SMP Strategic Program Objectives. Objective #1, Foster national and statewide program coverage, requires that AoA maximize opportunities to expand the capacity of SMP Projects to reach every elder consumer in each state. Strategic Objective #5, Target training and education to isolated and hard-to-reach populations requires that AoA target SMP outreach efforts to include those traditionally hardest to reach?"those in rural, and tribal areas of the state. The SUA is responsible for ensuring that aging program networks exist to reach all elderly individuals with information, assistance and program support. In particular, the SUA is uniquely positioned to ensure that the SMP message of health care prevention and identification, reaches into every corner of the state. This statewide leadership role of the SUA, in collaboration with the SMP and a variety of other partners, will expand the SMP program capacity and develop model approaches to overcome barriers to reaching elders that are hardest to serve due to their isolation and limited accessibility.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Barbara Lewis []
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