CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Education Initiative for Rural Practices

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to ensure that small physician practices can transition smoothly to new payment models under the Quality Payment Program.

On February 17, CMS announced plans to provide direct technical support and education on the Quality Payment Program to practices with 15 or fewer clinicians. The $20 million award to 11 community health organizations will provide training at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices, and CMS intends to invest an additional $80 million to continue the program over the next four years.

“The recipients are AltarumGeorgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF)Healthcentric AdvisorsHealth Services Advisory Group (HSAG), IPRONetwork for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), QsourceQualis HealthQuality Insights (West Virginia Medical Institute), Telligen and TMF Health Quality Institute.” 

“Clinicians in small and rural practices are critical to serving the millions of Americans across the nation who rely on Medicare for their health care.” 

The community-based award recipients will provide hands-on training to help thousands of small practices, including those in rural areas, health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas.

“Clinicians in small and rural practices are critical to serving the millions of Americans across the nation who rely on Medicare for their health care,” said Dr. Kate Goodrich, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, in a statement. “Congress, through the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, recognized the importance of small practices and rural practices and provided the funding for this assistance, so clinicians in these practices can navigate the new program, while being able to focus on what matters most—the needs of their patients.” 

For more information, visit the Quality Payment Program website.