By the end of 2016, 85 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments were meant to be tied to quality or value, with 90 percent by 2018. As we continue to see changes to health care delivery and reimbursement, particularly a transition to value-based care, it’s more important than ever that NPs receive the education and support they need to develop new care management strategies.
The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)/Quality Payment Program (QPP) is a technical assistance program designed to help clinicians expand their quality improvement capacity, engage in peer-to-peer learning and use research to determine gaps and target intervention needs. One of the largest investments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the QPP aims to support clinicians through nationwide, collaborative and peer-based learning networks.
As clinicians, NPs are dedicated to the health and well-being of each patient. That’s why NPs were chosen as founding partners in the QPP design and implementation process.
AANP and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) have administered an NP Support and Alignment Network (NP SAN) for the QPP since 2016. With free education, technical assistance and training, plus access to evidence-based tools, the NP SAN aims to represent a wider population of primary care providers, increase the QPP's ability to reach underserved and other vulnerable patients and expand evidence-based practice. In addition, the NP SAN aids in enhancing team-based care and modifying clinical workflow to reduce costs and address care gaps.
As we head into the final year for this project, CMS has requested that the NP SAN identifies exemplary practices. These practices should meet the following criteria:
If your practice is selected, it will be recognized by CMS in a federal registry. This is a unique opportunity to share your success story with providers, patients and payers!
The NP SAN hosts live webinars on topics related to patient- and family-centered care, data-driven quality improvement and sustainable business operations.