Southern New England Practice Transformation Network reaches enrollment milestone of 5,400 clinicians

TCPI grant
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Connecticut Health Center

From Commonwealth Medicine News

The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN), a collaborative led by UMass Massachusetts Medical School and UConn Health, has reached its full enrollment milestone of enrolling 5,400 clinicians more than 18 months ahead of schedule.

SNE-PTN is one of 29 practice transformation networks across the country chosen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to be part of its Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI). 

“The Southern New England Practice Transformation Network takes its charge very seriously, and as such, made a commitment early on to enroll clinicians as quickly as possible to help them start down the transformation path,” said David Polakoff, MD, MSc, chief medical officer and associate dean of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.

The free practice transformation support program is bringing together specialty and primary care clinicians to work individually and collaboratively to transform care delivery under rapidly evolving payment models. Those clinicians include physicians, nurse practitioners, optometrists, dentists, physical therapists, clinical social workers, and more.

“We are working diligently with practices of all sizes and specialties, from pediatrics to optometry to behavioral health, to assist them in improving performance on quality metrics, enhancing operations and optimizing health information technology,” Polakoff said. “Enrollment is just the first step. Actual transformation and sustained improvement is the next and most important part of SNE-PTN.”

Ronald Adler, MD, who led SNEPTN’s recruitment efforts observed that “most prior practice transformation efforts had focused on physicians.  We were excited by the prospect of collaborating with so many other clinicians who are vital to efficient and effective delivery of health care. Thus we have enrolled optometrists, behavioral health providers, physical therapists, dentists, and others.  Our program, for which there is no charge to participating clinicians, is designed to help practices rapidly transform, so they can thrive under evolving payment models.”

The network is helping participating clinicians improve the health of their patients and financial health of their practices through technical assistance, shared learning opportunities and disseminating best practices. SNE-PTN is offering webinars, office hours, in-person training, checklists, written explainers on payment reform models and other resources.

Enrolled clinicians receive coaching on clinical quality measures and new care delivery models, how to strengthen the medical neighborhood through communication and coordination, and implementation of sustainable payment methodologies.

SNE-PTN’s network partners include Baycare Health Partners, Connecticut State Medical Society, eHealthConnecticut, Healthcentric Advisors, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, Qualidigm, Qualis Health and SMC partners, LLC. SNE-PTN has also enrolled a large number of vision health professionals across the country through Vision Source, a large network of independent optometrists that focuses on the preservation of independent optometry as a component of patients’ overall healthcare needs.