Patient-Centered Care: $840 Million HHS Initiative

Date: 

11/17/2014

Coordinated patient-centered care is on the rise among medical providers aiming to improve health care quality while reducing overall costs. Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an $840 million initiative to fund applicants who are transitioning to coordinated patient-centered care and are able to track progress toward measurable goals.

“The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments uniquely designed to support clinician practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks that facilitate large-scale practice transformation.”

The initiative will assist care providers in the following ways:

  • Gaining access to patient information and medical history;
  • Improving patient-provider relationships and communication;
  • Enhancing coordinated team efforts; and
  • Promoting the regular use of electronic health records.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are seeking collaborative partnerships and will be awarding cooperative agreements to the following:

  • Practice Transformation Networks: Successful practices that are joined to serve as trusted partners in providing expertise, coaching, best practices, and guidance. These networks will work with a diverse range of practices, including those providing care to the medically underserved and rural communities.
  • Support and Alignment Networks: Networks of medical professional associations aligning memberships, communication, and continuing medical education credits to identify evidence-based practices and policies for dissemination. Their work will support the Practice Transformation Networks and practices.

Participation in the initiative ensures that practices will receive technical assistance and support, and will allow for overall success in the health care market due to increasing demand for efficient patient-centered care delivery by health care payers and purchasers.

Interested practices/clinicians should visit: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Transforming-Clinical-Practices/

View the official announcement: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/10/20141023a.html