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CMS Issues Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Clinicians Participating in MACRA

May 30, 2017
by Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a technical assistance resource guide for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) track.

According to CMS, this support is from “on-the-ground organizations and resources” available to clinicians for free, “right away.”

The resource guide lists 11 organizations to provide support for small, underserved and rural practices. “We’ve called on the 11 local, experienced organizations listed below to give you hands-on training and support if you’re in small practices of 15 or fewer clinicians. Practices in rural locations, health professional shortages areas (HPSAs), and medically underserved areas (MUAs) will be helped first,” CMS wrote.

The resource guide also lists Quality Innovation Networks-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). For large practices of more than 15 clinicians, QIN-QIOs can provide direct technical support.

The resource guide also provides information about the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). A Practice Transformation Network (PTN) is a peer-based learning network that will coach, mentor and help you develop core competencies specific to practice transformation.

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