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Transforming Clinical Practice

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that the federal agency is awarding $685 million to 39 healthcare collaborative networks to help them improve quality of care, increase patient access to information, and reduce costs at their institutions under the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our healthcare dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell in a press release. “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.”

The investment aims to provide the tools and support needed to improve quality of care for patients as an overall shift to reward value rather than volume in healthcare. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks;  meaning, learning from one another’s successes or failures.

The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) is one of the organizations selected to receive the funds –  $17.25 million to provide technical assistance support to help clinicians at  health centers  in Connecticut with the tools, information, and network support they need to improve quality, increase patient access, and spend health care money more wisely.

Evelyn Barnum, CHCACT’s CEO, said in a press release that the program will “focus on improving health outcomes for three conditions common to health center patients: asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Overall, CHCACT expects this investment to improve the health of FQHC patients while saving over $38 million in the health care system.”

Congratulations to CHCACT and all of the other awardees!

To learn more about the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative and the other awardees, visit the initiative website.

Did your health center or PCA receive funds under this initiative? We want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below and we will feature you in a future blog post.