CMS Names First 11 Support Organizations to Share $20 Million

Small, Underserved Practices Will Benefit from Funding

March 01, 2017 04:23 pm News Staff

CMS recently announced the names of the first 11 organizations in line to receive millions of dollars in funding aimed at helping small physician practices across the country find success in the CMS' Quality Payment Program(qpp.cms.gov).   

According to a CMS press release(www.cms.gov), the first awards, totaling some $20 million, will be distributed to the following organizations:

  • Altarum Institute, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich.;
  • Georgia Medical Care Foundation, headquartered in Atlanta;
  • Healthcentric Advisors, with offices in Brunswick, Maine; Woburn, Mass., and Providence, R.I.;
  • Health Services Advisory Group in Phoenix;
  • IPRO, headquartered in Lake Success, N.Y.;
  • Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, headquartered in Portland, Maine;
  • QSource, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn.;
  • Qualis Health, headquartered in Seattle;
  • Quality Insights, (formerly West Virginia Medical Institute) headquartered in Charleston, W.Va.;
  • Telligen, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa; and
  • TMF Health Quality Institute in Austin, Texas.

CMS will award an additional $80 million in the subsequent four years.

The community-based organizations that receive the funding are charged with providing hands-on training and education about the Quality Payment Program to medical practices with 15 or fewer clinicians operating in rural communities, health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas.

Physicians and their practices will receive the training and services free of charge.

For instance, practices will be provided with customized technical assistance and receive guidance in choosing and reporting on quality measures -- a key component of value-based payment.

"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 Kate Goodrich, M.D., CMS chief medical officer and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, in the press release.

"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," Goodrich added.

The final rule outlining details of the Quality Payment Program was published in the Nov. 4 Federal Register(www.gpo.gov)

Physicians with questions about the Quality Payment Program can call the CMS hotline at (866) 288-8292 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, or send a query by email

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