January 20, 2015
Area(s) of Interest: Practice Management
The California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO) is applying for a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to give California physicians access to free health practice improvement tools and services that would normally be cost prohibitive. The California Medical Association was a founding member of CalHIPSO, which was established in 2009 as a federally designated Regional Extension Center to provide education, outreach and technical assistance to help physicians select and implement electronic health records.
To win this grant, CalHIPSO must show commitment and interest from providers (non-binding). To that end, CalHIPSO is seeking physicians and physician groups willing to submit an online form stating that they would benefit from assistance preparing for the new care delivery and payment models and quality initiatives, which, with limited resources, would be a challenge to accomplish independently. Physicians can alternatively send an email stating their interest, including their name, specialty, and NPI. Responses are requested by January 26, 2015.
The grant being applied for is part of the federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, designed to help support 150,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies. Physicians who participate in this program will gain critical assistance to engage in new delivery models, such as medical homes or ACOs.
To find out more about the CMS initiative, click here. To find out more about the CalHIPSO grant application, visit the CalHIPSO website.