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HHS Announces $685 Million to Support Clinicians Delivering Patient-Centered Care; Two NJ Orgs Receive Funding

 Washington, DC, September 30, 2015 ― Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell yesterday announced $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations — including two in New Jersey — to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs.

The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks.

Secretary Burwell released the awards in conjunction with a roundtable discussion today with Members of Congress and health care leaders on the transformation taking place across our nation to move our health care system to one that rewards value over volume.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell.  “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.”

Yesterday’s awards will support 29 medical group practices, regional health care systems, and regional extension centers in offering peer-to-peer support to primary and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and their practices.

These efforts include:

  • Helping providers give patients better tools for communication through e-mails and other information technology applications;
  • Providing dedicated coaches to help practices better manage chronic disease and offer preventive care;
  • Offering real-time notification alerts for clinicians caring for high-risk patients;
  • Improving screening and treatment of mental health and substance abuse across multiple care settings and increasing patient medication management education;
  • Centralizing data reporting and providing technical assistance with quality improvement targets and mid-course corrections; and
  • Promoting patient, provider and community engagement through advisory boards and community engagement in learning collaboratives.

In addition, 10 national organizations and health care professional associations will receive up to $27 million to:

  • Align clinical practice guidelines across multiple medical specialties and disseminate those findings through well-established communications channels;
  • Offer Continuing Medical Education credit to clinicians to support transformation efforts and ensure that coordinated education programs are offered to participating clinicians;
  • Share best practices and provide technical assistance and coaching to their members that may be struggling with how to participate in emerging alternative payment models; and
  • Provide educational materials and access to registry data information, including training on how to use the data to improve care.

For the complete HHS press release, click here.

For more information on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, click here.

For a list of awardees and their project abstracts, click here.