Quality Payment Program (QPP) and Small, Underserved and Rural Support (SURS)
As a subcontractor to TMF Health Quality Institute, Primaris works with eligible physician practices and clinicians to help them transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and successfully advance through the program’s performance categories by providing technical assistance, education and outreach. MIPS is one of two new payment paths under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP).

QPP, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), is a new approach to paying physicians and clinicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries. Through MIPS, clinicians will be paid for providing medical care based on four performance categories: advancing care information, improvement activities, cost and quality of care. Primaris works to provide QPP assistance to clinicians throughout the state in small (15 or fewer clinicians), rural and underserved practices and with practices with 16 or more clinicians. As part of the TMF team, Primaris will provide customized technical assistance to MIPS-eligible clinicians, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Evaluating practice readiness for participating in a new payment model
  • Engaging practices in continuous quality improvement
  • Assessing and optimizing Health Information Technology
  • Supporting change management and strategic planning
  • Developing and disseminating education and training materials
  • Enabling peer-to-peer learning and local partnerships

For more information, contact Quality Improvement Consultant Jennifer Wilbers.