In October 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients access to information, and reduce costs. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) is uniquely aligned with federal legislation and bipartisan support that will permanently eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replace it with a new law known as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). TCPI, a key driver of the MACRA legislation, prepares clinicians for the alternative payment models, value-modifiers and purchasing, Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs, and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. TCPI is one of the largest federal investments funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to support clinician practices through nationwide, collaborative, and peer-based learning networks that facilitate practice transformation that emphasizes “quality“, not “quantity” of care delivered.
MACRA was passed to modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds of thousands of doctors and other clinicians. It will end more than a decade of last-minute fixes and potential payment cliffs for Medicare doctors and clinicians while making numerous improvements to America’s health care system.