The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded funds to 11 community-based organizations to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to clinicians in individual or small and rural practice groups.

The nearly $100 million dollars is available from CMS. The grants will subsidize free hands-on training and customized technical assistance to for small and individual practices with 15 or fewer clinicians.

The funds, promised in the MACRA Final Rule, are intended to maximize successful participation in QPP. Examples of the type of support these organizations will provide include guidance in choosing and reporting on quality measures, information on change management and health IT implementation.

Funds were awarded to the following organizations:

Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF)
Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)
Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI)
Quality Insights (West Virginia Medical Institute)
TMF Health Quality Institute

CMS reports that it will spend an additional $80 million dollars on similar efforts over the next four years. This effort will be supported, in part, by a new telephone helpline (1-866-288-8292) for clinicians seeking information and assistance with the QPP. Refer to the CMS news release for detailed information.