North Country Health Consortium

Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

North Country Health Consortium, NH Citizens Health Initiative and New England Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Northern New England Practice Transformation NetworkCollaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices

Littleton, NH - The North Country Health Consortium is a partner in one of the 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network is a partnership between the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Maine Quality Counts, and Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc.

In New Hampshire, the Practice Transformation Network will be led through the NH Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for Health Policy and Practice. "We are very excited to be able to provide NH's medical practices with practical assistance to help them respond to the changing health care payment and practice environment and better serve their patients' needs," said Jeanne Ryer, Director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative.

The Citizens Health Initiative will connect Practice Transformation Network activities to its Accountable Care Project learning network and work with key partner North Country Health Consortium to provide health practices around the state with Practice Transformation Coaches. Coaches will assess individual practice needs and provide technical assistance to enhance patient care, improve care coordination and quality outcomes, and lower costs. "We are thrilled to be a partner in this important initiative and to work with practices throughout the state. We will be working at the community level to ensure patient and clinician needs are being met as we move New Hampshire forward toward better health," said Nancy Frank, Executive Director of the North Country Health Consortium. The North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) is a rural public health organization whose mission is to improve the health status of North Country residents. NCHC will be working with the statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program to provide a network of Practice Transformation Coaches at the community level.

"Having worked with CHI on both the patient centered medical home and accountable care project efforts in my role as CEO of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, as well as a Board Director at NCHC on efforts including the North Country Accountable Care Organization,
I am pleased to see this investment in CHI and NCHC as it will once again demonstrate how New Hampshire is first in the nation in moving health care reform forward," said Ed Shanshala.

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network will support 500 primary care and specialist practices to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. The network will conduct a readiness assessment for each practice; provide direct technical assistance through the network of practice "coaches"; offer a range of options and opportunities for regional and cutting-edge distance-based collaborative learning; provide evidence-based team trainings; and build networking and tools to improve care coordination across the participating practices.

These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enables new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks, and Accountable Care Organizations.

For more information on the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, please visit: Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative at CMS.gov.

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