FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director, Communications and External Relations
TMF Health Quality Institute
Austin, Texas – February 27, 2017 –TMF Health Quality Institute, a leading non-profit health care consulting company based in Austin, has been contracted to help small medical practices in generally underserved areas prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, which was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
This is a new approach to paying physicians and clinicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries. Through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), clinicians will be paid for providing medical care based on four performance categories: advancing care information, clinical practice improvement activities, cost and quality of care.
The five-year contract was awarded to TMF by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). TMF will provide the practices with technical assistance and services in a region comprising Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico. .
This technical assistance brings direct support to thousands of MIPS-eligible clinicians in small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS-eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to a five-year period.
“TMF is proud to be a part of this project because it specifically benefits medically underserved populations by focusing on the small medical clinics that typically serve these areas,” said Tom Manley, president and CEO of TMF.
TMF will provide customized technical assistance to MIPS-eligible clinicians, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Evaluating practice readiness for participating in a new payment model
- Engaging practices in continuous quality improvement
- Assessing and optimizing Health Information Technology
- Supporting change management and strategic planning
- Developing and disseminating education and training materials
- Enabling peer-to-peer learning and local partnerships
About TMF Health Quality Institute
TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients.
For more information on the Quality Payment Program, visit qpp.cms.gov or contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.