VHQC 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. VHQC will receive up to $5.79 million to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in Virginia 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.”

As a Practice Transformation Network, VHQC will support 1,250 Virginia office-based physicians 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 help practices report and analyze clinical performance data, identify patients with multiple chronic conditions and manage their care, coordinate with other providers to manage transitions from inpatient care, and build “medical neighborhoods” of best-value specialists to whom they can refer patients. This assistance will help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational results.

“VHQC is well prepared to deliver the services that office-based physicians need to truly transform their clinical and operational processes. We have been with them on the front lines of change for nearly six years as Virginia’s Health IT Regional Extension Center, and know how to help them integrate new approaches into the real world of day-to-day practice,” said VHQC President and CEO Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE.

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.

“Virginia physicians have a new resource for getting the information and skills they need to participate successfully in emerging models for delivery and payment,” said John Beckner, R.Ph, Chair of the VHQC Board of Directors. “We believe they can not only survive, but can thrive by changing along with the healthcare system, and we are ready to help them do just that.”

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

About VHQC
For more than 30 years, VHQC has been leading the way to better health care for providers and other clients by offering expertise in quality improvement, utilization management, analytic services and health information technology support that improves patient outcomes — and often results in cost savings. VHQC’s major contracts include the Medicare Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland and Virginia and the Health IT Regional Extension Center for Virginia. For more information, please visit www.vhqc.org.

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