CMS Awards $100 Million for MACRA Training

Question: Who is eligible to be trained under the CMS’ recently announced MACRA quality payment training program?

Answer: The CMS recently announced that it is awarding $20 million to 11 organizations and up to $80 million over the next four years to train clinicians in the quality payment program of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA. Approximately $20 million will go to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program while the remaining $80 million will be invested over the remaining four years. The funds will provide training for clinicians in thousands of individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer in rural areas, medically underserved regions and where there are health professional shortages. Local, experienced, community-based organizations will provide hands-on, customized technical assistance at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices, CMS said. The funding is part of outreach efforts including a new CMS helpline available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 1-866-288-8292.

The following 11 organizations were awarded the $20 million to train clinicians in small practices: Altarum, Georgia Medical Care Foundation, HealthCentric, Health Services Advisory Group, IPRO, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, QSource, Qualis, Quality Insights, Telligen and the TMF Health Quality Institute.

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Larry Kobak, Esq.

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