On June 20, HHS announced $20 million in technical assistance grants to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians. The grants are intended to ensure success for participating Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians as they transition to Quality Payment Programs. The grants are available to Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer and will focus on clinicians practicing in historically under resourced areas, including: rural areas; health professional shortage areas (HPSA); and, medically underserved areas (MUA). Technical assistance provided by the grants will include provider outreach and education, practice readiness, practice facilitation, health information technology (HIT) optimization, practice workflow redesign, change management, strategic planning, and assisting clinicians in fully transitioning to Alternative Payment Models (APMs) as well as enabling partnerships.
In this announcement, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said that, "doctors and health care providers in small and rural practices are critical to our goal of building a health care system that works for everyone. Supporting local health care providers with the resources and information necessary for them to provide quality care is a top priority for this administration."
Grant awardees will be announced by November, 2016. Click here to be directed to an online grant application.