The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium was approved for $3.2 million in federal funds beyond its original 2018 budget to expand its work preparing clinical practices nationwide for new reimbursement models.
The so-called carryover award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Inn ovation (CMMI) targets a more personalized level of service for clients. For example, the funds will allow the organization to offer more on-site visits with clients and enable the hiring of additional practice-improvement staff. Other service enhancements include practice-level support for quality-data extraction and interpretation of quality results.
The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium’s (NRACC) practice-transformation program is grant-funded and therefore offered at no cost to enrolled clinical practices. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) that houses the program is responsible for offering clinical practices technical support for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program/ Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). NRACC’s staff offers enrolled practices expert consulting on MIPs that is tailored toward the practice’s specific needs and goals.
NRACC is ‘open for business,’ and actively recruiting and enrolling eligible primary and specialty care clinical practices nationwide. To be eligible for enrollment, clinical practices must not already be participating in an a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, and they must not already be enrolled in a a competing Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Practice Transformation Network.
NRACC’s grant-funded services include being matched with a dedicated practice-improvement coach, one-on-one monthly coaching calls, training to set up a billable care coordination service, population health software, plus proven curriculum for redesigning clinical workflows to manage population health and ensure financial sustainability.