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HHS announces $100M for MACRA training to help small practices

June 24, 2016

HHS has announced it will allocate $20 million annually for the next 5 years to fund “on-the-ground” training and education for clinicians in individual or small practices, in advance of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which is poised to shift how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of care.

As required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), HHS stated it will continue to award $20 million each year over the next 5 years, for a total of $100 million, to fund training for small practices, defined as having 12 or fewer clinicians, and help them participate in the Quality Payment Program. According to HHS, the funds will particularly help practices in historically under-resourced areas, including rural communities and those with a shortage of health professionals.

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