(Columbia, MD) Mar 13, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a contract to help small practices in Maryland and the District of Columbia prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

This technical assistance, authorized and funded under MACRA, brings direct support to an estimated 5500 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to a five-year period.

"We look forward to supporting CMS in this program that offers free technical assistance to thousands of physicians as they implement the new value-based Medicare payment system," said Bonnie Horvath, Director of Healthcare Quality for Delmarva Foundation.

Operating as a subcontractor to IPRO, the New York-based quality improvement contractor responsible for managing outreach to small practices in New York, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Delmarva Foundation will provide customized technical assistance to MIPS eligible clinicians, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Conveying the MIPS expectations and timelines
  • Explaining the MIPS feedback report
  • Creating a MIPS-score improvement plan
  • Evaluating practice readiness for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM)
  • Assessing and optimizing Health Information Technology
  • Supporting change management and strategic planning
  • Developing and disseminating education and training materials
  • Enabling peer-to-peer learning and local partnerships

For more information on the Quality Payment Program, visit qpp.cms.gov or contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 or emailing qpp@cms.hhs.gov.
Visit Delmarva Foundation at www.delmarvafoundation.org and IPRO at www.ipro.org

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Delmarva Foundation www.delmarvafoundation.org is a non-profit organization that works with government agencies in the healthcare arena to provide quality review support, reviews and recommendations that increase the efficacy of our medical programs.