rural aco consortium workshop
Kathy Whitmire, regional vice president for the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, presents to workshop participants at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine. on July 15.

Two dozen health care practitioners including physicians, physician assistants, care coordinators and practice managers gathered at the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Center for Physician Leadership on July 15 to learn how to survive the value-based payment reform and gain a better understanding of the rules proposed as part of the massive MACRA legislation.
The free, day-long workshop was presented by the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC), a Practice Transformation Network. The workshop is part of the NCMS Foundation’s commitment to helping physicians and physician assistants prepare for the new quality payment program under MACRA.
The workshop was divided into two tracks for the day. One was an introduction aimed at care coordinators while the other, more physician-focused course, covered well-visits and providing value-based appointments.
The next workshop will be in Raleigh on Oct. 18. Learn more about how your practice can adapt to the health care reforms and become part of the Practice Transformation Network here.
This initiative is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). CMS has dedicated millions of dollars to support more than 140,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies through TCPI. It is one of the largest federal investments offering nationwide, collaborative and peer-based learning networks to facilitate practice transformation. The NCMS Foundation is partnering with the NRACC a Provider Transformation Network (PTN) to provide free training for practices in North Carolina as part of the TCPI.