KHC awarded grant to assist physicians in practice transformation
Clinicians across Kansas are about to have new resources to help them prepare their practices for the new quality and performance-based payment systems that are coming. Kansas is participating in a six-state consortium led by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) that was just awarded one of 39 Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative grants announced September 29 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Physician practices can learn more about this exciting opportunity during a webinar on October 19 at noon (link to registration).
In Kansas, the project will be led by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, the quality organization founded by the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association. KHC and its partners, operating as the Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN), will receive up to $32.5 million during the four-year initiative to help equip up to 7,000 clinicians in six states–Iowa, Kansas, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota–with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.
Recruitment of practices is already underway. “More than 1,000 Kansas clinicians are expected to participate in the effort that will help physicians and other health care professionals prepare their practices for the transformation to a performance-based, quality driven health care system," said Jerry Slaughter, executive director of the Kansas Medical Society. “This is a great opportunity for physicians to obtain valuable assistance to help them succeed as the system evolves.”
What will the PTN do?
The network will provide direct quality improvement support in primary and specialty clinical practice settings to equip clinicians in executing best-practice medicine, engaging patients as equal partners in their care. In driving real-time, measurable improvement strategies, Compass PTN will help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational results.
How do I participate?
It is expected that interest in participating in KHC’s PTN efforts will be very high and there is a limited window during which practices can enroll. Practices who wish to participate will need to complete a charter (http://www.khconline.org/files/Fillable_Charter.pdf) and send it to KHC no later than October 30, 2015.