Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a contract to Altarum Institute to help small practices in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

In partnership with Altarum, the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) based at Northwestern University in CHiP provides this technical assistance. We provide direct support to thousands of providers eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 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 free to all MIPS-eligible clinicians and is available for up five years.

Technical assistance in Illinois is offered through the Quality Payment Program of Illinois and includes:

  • Conveying MIPS expectations and timelines
  • Explaining 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 qpp.cms.gov. For Illinois-specific assistance, visit qpp-il.org.


Collaborators: Altarum Institute, Medical Advantage Group (MAG), Northern Illinois University, Purdue Healthcare Advisors, Stratis Health, MetaStar, and University of Kentucky

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