The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new $840 million, four-year collaborative, peer-based learning initiative - the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) - to "support 150,000 clinicians in sharing, adapting and further developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies." Through these peer-based learning networks, CMS hopes to improve the quality of patient care while making health care more efficient. In announcing this new model, CMS provides some added context, noting that, "[t]o date, there has been no large-scale investment in a collaborative peer-based learning initiative designed - an investment that ensures that clinicians who participate will be part of leading and creating positive change for the entire health care system.
CMS estimates that only about 185,000 of the nation's clinicians currently participate in existing programs, models, and initiatives that facilitate practice transformation." The agency is hopeful that "all interested clinicians [will] participate in this initiative." Under this particular funding opportunity, CMS intends to award cooperative agreements to two network systems: (1) Practice Transformation Networks and (2) Support and Alignment Networks .
For both initiatives, non-binding Letters of Intent (LOI) are "highly encouraged" and should be submitted by Nov. 20, 2014. Applications under both funding opportunities are due by Jan. 6, 2014. Awards are intended to be made by April 10, 2015 (per the two respective FOAs). In the meantime, CMS intends to hold informational webinars for potential applicants on Nov. 6 and Nov. 20.
Practice Transformation Network Information Webinars:
- The Nov. 6 informational webinar will be held from 1pm-2pm EST. Register
- The Nov. 20 informational webinar will be held from 1pm-2pm EST. Register