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New Initiative to Support Clinicians in Quality Improvement Strategies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, which will provide up to $840 million over the next four years to support clinicians in sharing, adapting and further developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies. CMS will award cooperative agreement funding to applicants participating in one of two network systems. The Practice Transformation Networks are peer-based learning networks designed to coach, mentor and assist clinicians in developing core competencies specific to practice transformation and will be awarded to successful applicants who have pre-existing relationships with multiple clinician practices that include data sharing capabilities. The Support and Alignment Networks will provide a system for workforce development using national and regional professional associations and public-private partnerships that are currently working in practice transformation efforts. Successful applicants may include eligible medical professional associations, specialty societies and other organizations involved in aligning their programs with the initiative’s aims. Potential applicants are highly encouraged to submit nonbinding Letters of Intent to apply by Nov. 20, and applications are due by Jan. 6. For more information, including fact sheets and registration for informational webinars, visit http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Transforming-Clinical-Practices.

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