HHS announces $685 million to support clinicians through The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

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October 14th, 2015
Categories: CEO's Blog

The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest investments made by the Federal Government made to support doctors and their teams all over the country through learning networks and collaborating with their peers. This initiative has come into play with the strategy from the Affordable Care Act, of moving from a volume-driven system of medicine, to that of the value-based and patient centered level of care. The main goal of this program is to change the way the doctors and health care professionals work in order to improve costs, hand in hand with quality patient outcomes with good care.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on September 29th, 2015 that $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs.

According to HHS.GOV the awards given on September 29th, 2015 will support 29 medical group practices, regional health care systems, and regional extension centers in offering peer-to-peer support to primary and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and their practices.

It is good to see that programs are being put into effect to achieve the guidelines outlined by ACA. If cost and quality of care cannot be controlled to be changed into a more affective system, costs will continue to increase along with poor patient outcomes. It’s a good thing that we start to view health care as value based, both as patients and practitioners.

For more information on The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative please visit:

http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Transforming-Clinical-Practices/


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