VPQHC and Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

VPQHC and Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award
Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices  
Montpelier, Vermont –  Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc.(VPQHC) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a partnership between Maine Quality Counts, the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, and VPQHC, will receive up to $15 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

“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.” “Here in Vermont, VPQHC will extend improvement opportunities to providers who have not yet participated in current health care reform efforts underway in Vermont.  This collaboration will compliment and dovetail very effectively with the current efforts of the Accountable Care organizations and the Blueprint improvement initiatives.  VPQHC is excited to work together with our regional partners in Maine and New Hampshire to make sustainable improvements in access, quality and cost across the region,” said VPQHC Executive Director Catherine Fulton.

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network will support 500 primary care and specialist practices to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. The network will conduct a readiness assessment for each practice; provide direct technical assistance through a network of practice “coaches”; offer a range of options and opportunities for regional and cutting-edge distance-based collaborative learning; provide evidence-based team trainings; and build networking and tools to improve care coordination across the participating practices.

These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enables new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks, and Accountable Care Organizations.  

For more information on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, please visit: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Transforming-Clinical-Practices/

For more information about the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, please visit: www.mainequalitycounts.org/NNEPTN