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Stratis Health Chosen to Provide Support for Small Practices in CMS Quality Payment Program

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a contract to Altarum Institute to help small practices in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Stratis Health, in partnership with Altarum, will provide this technical assistance in Minnesota, authorized and funded under MACRA, bringing direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to a five-year period.

“Small practices can be so busy providing patient care that they are challenged to keep up with and align their systems for new payment programs,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. “We’re pleased to be providing assistance to small practices in Minnesota, helping them understand their quality performance data, and identify and take action on key practice improvement activities. This work fits naturally with our Quality Improvement Network – Quality Improvement Organization work with larger practices.”

Stratis Health will provide customized technical assistance to MIPS eligible clinicians in Minnesota as a part of the SURS program, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Conveying the MIPS expectations and timelines
  • Explaining the MIPS feedback report
  • Creating a MIPS-score improvement plan
  • Evaluating practice readiness for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM)
  • 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 on the Quality Payment Program, visit or contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 or emailing.