Helping Small Practices Comply with the CMS Quality Payment Program  

Through funding from CMS, Altarum provides free, customized technical assistance to small practices on complying with the Quality Payment Program.

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Overview

Clinical practices that are small or located in rural or underserved areas often have fewer administrative resources to devote to regulatory compliance. Altarum created a resource and support center to make it effortless for such practices to comply with the CMS Quality Payment Program.

Our Approach

The cornerstone of our program is the Quality Payment Program Resource Center® website, which provides more than 26,000 clinicians across seven states in the Midwest with free, self-paced tools and resources to successfully navigate the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. We also provide direct education, guidance and support through a dedicated help desk. And using our proprietary tool MIPScast®, we help clinicians ensure they are reporting information accurately and achieving the highest possible Merit-based Incentive Payment System score for which they are eligible.

Results

In its first year of operation, Altarum’s QPP Resource Center reached all 26,548 clinicians in the region and engaged in two-way communication with more than 92 percent of them. Since its launch in July 2017, more than 1,600 provider practices have enrolled in the QPP Resource Center.

While the CMS QPP-SURS program formally ended on February 15, 2022, Altarum continues to produce a quarterly newsletter providing the latest QPP and MIPS information. To receive this newsletter, please contact Delivery Systems Transformation Quality Improvement Advisor Cheryl Budimir.

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Contact Us

Bruce Maki

Bruce Maki

Project Manager, Quality Improvement

Areas of Expertise
  • Project Management
  • Federal Clinical Regulations and Compliance
  • Health IT Adoption

Bruce is Altarum’s project manager on the Healthy Hearts for Michigan program, a 3-year project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality targeting cardiovascular disease improvement in rural Michigan primary care offices, as well as the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Office of Minority Health (OMH) jointly funded National Hypertension Control Initiative which aims to address disparities amongst racial and ethnic minority populations. Bruce also manages another project funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tasked with assisting HIV clinics in southeast Michigan with the identification and care of HIV patients who have also been diagnosed with type II diabetes or chronic kidney disease. Previous projects include two separate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded initiatives focused on leveraging and optimizing health information technology to aid Michigan clinics with identifying and managing patients with hypertension and diabetes. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. 

Carrie Butt

Carrie Butt

Client Services Manager, Delivery Systems Transformation

Areas of Expertise
  • Project Management
  • Clinician-Based Quality Improvement Support
  • Health IT Adoption

Carrie Butt has more than 11 years of experience in electronic health record (EHR) implementation and workflow redesign. In her current role, she leads Altarum’s quality improvement advisory services team across several projects, including the Healthy Hearts for Michigan program, an AHRQ-funded initiative to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in Michigan. Carrie has assisted hundreds of providers through quality improvement initiatives—beginning with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid—fund Promoting Interoperability program (formerly Meaningful Use)—which she had the pleasure of supporting from start to finish.