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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

CMS Launches Health Care Transformation Initiative

October 30, 2014 | Medicaid | Medicare | Quality | Comments
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Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative for the development of comprehensive quality improvement strategies to achieve large-scale heath care transformation. The “Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative” is the latest CMS initiative to help clinicians and hospitals move from volume-based to valued-based and patient-centered quality health services.  The initiative will provide up to $840 million over the next four years to support 150,000 clinicians in the development of comprehensive quality improvement strategies.

This new initiative is one of many transformation programs and models to be funded by CMS since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Current programs and models engage about 185,000 clinicians, representing just under 20% of the total population of Medicare and Medicaid providers.  These include: the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program, Accountable Care Organizations and the Partnership for Patients initiative.

The new initiative will provide funding for two network systems: Practice Transformation Networks and Support and Alignment Networks. The Practice Transformation Networks are peer-based learning networks designed to mentor and coach clinicians in developing core competencies specific to practice transformation. CMS will award funding to successful applicants who have demonstrated pre-existing relationships with a number of clinicians and who can lead clinicians and their practices through the transformation process.

The Support and Alignment Networks will provide a system of workforce development utilizing national and regional professional associations and public-private partnerships that are currently working in transformation efforts. It will also utilize existing and emerging tools to help ensure sustainability of these transformation efforts. CMS will award funding to eligible medical professional associations, specialty societies and other organizations in alignment with the aims of the initiative.

Applications from funding are due to CMS no later than January 6, 2015. For more information, please read the full release here.