The Practice Transformation Network (PTN) program is a demonstration project from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) that was designed as part of their Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) to help small and safety net providers transition from fee-for-service payment models to advanced payment models, and also to be able to succeed under the new guidelines for the Physician’s Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-Based Modifiers (VBM).
The Consortium has been awarded up to $31 million to provide technical assistance to assist rural providers in redesigning their ambulatory practices to maximize their success under the new value-based payment models. The Consortium provides rural providers with the tools to set up a Medicare-billable care coordination program. These tools include the necessary IT infrastructure and a 24-hour Nurse Advice hotline. We use data from electronic health records to help providers facilitate and optimize their ambulatory quality scores. The Consortium also sets up ambulatory patient satisfaction surveys, engages with physicians and leadership, and provides guidance on how to participate in and increase revenue through Advanced Payment Models.
Participants in Medicare shared savings models are not eligible for assistance through this program.