Physician Practice

HHS offers funding for MIPS education

Physician Practice Insider, June 28, 2016

As concerns mount that small and solo physician practices will suffer under MIPS, HHS announced it will pledge $20 million to fund training and education aimed specifically at helping small and solo practices adapt to the new payment methodologies. HHS-funded education will include hands-on training and the agency says it plans to offer education tailored to the particular needs of physicians in rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas.

MACRA requires HHS to award $20 million each year to third-party organizations that will help small practices succeed in the Quality Payment Program. Organizations that wish to participate and receive HHS funding for providing resources and education for small and solo physician practices will be required to prove their ability to provide customized training to physicians. These organizations will offer training and resources for free to physicians and their practices.

Third-party organizations selected to receive funding would offer a variety of resources, including assisting physicians with choosing the most appropriate EHRs and quality measures for a practice. They would also help practices evaluate the benefit to their specific practice of joining an Alternative Payment Model and offer training on clinical practice improvement measures.

Awardees will be announced in November.

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