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Health Care Transformation Networks to Receive Support Funds

HHS grants $685 million to help improve quality of care and support patient access to data

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $685 million to 39 national and regional collaborative health care transformation networks and supporting organizations to help patients make informed decisions, improve clinician access to data, and lower costs.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support clinician practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks that facilitate practice transformation.

The TCPI will support efforts among medical group practices, regional health care systems, regional extension centers, and national medical professional association networks. These efforts will help clinicians expand their quality improvement capacity, engage in greater peer-to-peer learning, and utilize health data to determine gaps and target intervention needs.

As noted by FierceHealthIT, the following are among the awardees:

  • Arizona Health-e Connection: This network is planning to use the money to provide assistance and coaching to providers, including information technology support.
  • National Nursing Centers Consortium: This health care entity will work with nurse practitioners to eliminate unnecessary tests and lower hospital admissions.
  • Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control: The network, which spans an area from Virginia to Alabama, is looking to train and add resources such as data warehousing, analytics, and Web-based educational tools.
  • American College of Radiology: The nationwide organization will use the funds to help about 24,000 radiologists reduce unnecessary tests and will coach them in data collection and educational intervention.

According to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, “these awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes."

Source: FierceHealthIt; September 29, 2015; CMS; September 29, 2015.

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