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Altarum is the lead organization for the Quality Payment Program Resource Center™ for the Midwest, a collaboration among 10 key partners across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

We can be your trusted source for the education and resources you need to be successful under the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Quality Payment Program. User-driven, online technical assistance for the QPP program is completely subsidized by CMS for providers in small practices (15 or fewer clinicians), and rural or underserved areas. Eligible small practices are able to join the Resource Center™ web portal for free. Expert QPP Advisors are available via live chat or phone support during regular business hours to help you effectively use the tools and resources available through our portal. To sign up go to qppresourcecenter.com and click Join Now today!

If you are interested in more personalized support, M-CEITA Commercial Services (MCS) offers a package, QPP Grant+, to further assist you. If you are not part of a small practice or are participating in a Practice Transformation Network, MCS offers QPP Commercial. As part of these offerings a dedicated staff member will be assigned to your practice. These programs utilize the Resource Center™ tools and educational materials but will also include direct, guided assistance, measures selection, Security Risk Assessment, and at-the-elbow registration and submission assistance. These are fee for service programs, with discounts currently available!

Email us for more information at any time: qppinfo@altarum.org


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Altarum's newest tool, MIPScast™, is now available on the portal. MIPScast™ is designed to easily import your actual practice data to calculate your points earned, and accurately estimate your Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, Final Score under the CMS Quality Payment Program. MIPScast™ provides simple score comparisons so you can pick the quality measures, specialty set, and reporting methods that yield the highest scores across all MIPS categories. Check out the MIPScast™ fact sheet to learn more.

To learn more about the QPP Resource Center™ for the Midwest download our Services fact sheet.


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Altarum Institute is excited to provide a technical assistance (TA) program to help clinicians achieve their quality improvement goals.

As part of the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) we are supporting organizations through patient-centric practice transformation, providing direct TA on quality reporting (e.g. PQRS), and supporting local quality improvement efforts to help prepare clinicians for participation in value-based payment systems. This TA program is available at no cost to both primary care and specialty medical providers and their office staff.

  • Direct in-office and virtual support delivered by a dedicated Quality Improvement Advisor (QIA).
  • Alignment of QI initiatives.
  • Participation in and performance reporting for CMS' Quality Payment Program (QPP).
  • TA for workflow evaluation, improving office and clinical efficiencies, and optimizing EHR use for data driven quality improvement.
  • Opportunity for free CME and MOC Part IV credits.
  • National and regional tools and resources.

The GLPTN will work with clinicians on practice-identified improvement priorities as well as targeted quality measures and other performance data to drive improvement. Examples include:

  • Medication Management (HBP control)
  • Medication Management (Anticoagulants)
  • Flu Vaccination
  • COPD Management
  • CHF Management
  • Depression screening
  • Diabetes Management
  • Other, practice-identified priorities for clinical quality improvement.

Recent GLPTN webinars:
June 20, 2017 - Advancing Care Information and Meaningful Use in 2017

Providers eligible to receive this TA include primary and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and their respective ambulatory practices. Participating providers cannot currently be participating in a) Medicare Accountable Care Organization; b) Shared Savings Program; c) Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Program; d) Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (e.g. CPC+); or e) another CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative-funded Practice Transformation Network. Providers who do not accept any Medicare or Medicaid patients are also ineligible.

The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-003 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

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