CMS Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Small Practice Transformation

On Friday, June 10, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced funding for the Support and Alignment Networks under the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). Up to $10 million over the next three years is available to leverage primary and specialist care transformation work and learning in the support of the adoption of Alternative Payment Models. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a letter of intent by July 1, 2016 and applications are due on July 10, 2016.

 

Potential applicants may include health care delivery systems and health care delivery plans that presently provide quality improvement support to a large number of clinicians; are multi-regional or national in scope; are involved in generating evidence-based guidelines for clinical practice; are effectively using measurement through clinical registries and electronic health records; and are committed to expanding action to improve safety and person and family engagement. Medical professional associations and specialty societies may also apply.

Awardees will identify, enroll, and provide tailored technical assistance to advanced clinician practices in an effort to reduce expenditures and enhance the quality, efficiency, and coordination of care they deliver.

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 authorized $20 million per year from fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for technical assistance to small practices of up to 15 professionals — especially those in rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas.

 

More information on the funding opportunity is available here.

 

More information on MACRA can be found at the McDermottPlus MACRA Resource Center.