CMS Announces $840 Million Initiative To Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new innovative model to support clinicians in achieving large-scale health care transformation. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative will provide up to $840 million over the next 4 years to support 150,000 clinicians in sharing, adapting, and further developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies, which are expected to lead to greater improvements in patient health and reduction in health care costs.

This effort is especially significant to the behavioral health community. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, more than 60 million Americans will gain access to new or expanded coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. As the health system broadens, the behavioral health field has a responsibility to lead in setting comprehensive goals to develop the workforce, improve quality, and provide effective services to individuals with behavioral health conditions.

An opportunity such as this is an incentive for the behavioral health community to integrate with and leverage funding that will transform health care delivery.

Michael-Darcy-Gateway-Alcohol-and-Drug-Treatment“I am glad to see that SAMSHA is investing in improving clinical practices. The development and improvement of clinician practices will have an immediate impact on improving quality of care.

At Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers we track engagement, retention and continuity of care by practitioner and work with our practitioners to improve their outcomes in these areas.”

Michael Darcy
Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment

How To Apply

Beginning October 23, 2014, CMS will begin accepting applications for the following funding opportunity announcements:

Potential applicants are highly encouraged to submit nonbinding Letters of Intent to apply by November 20, 2014. The application period for both funding opportunity announcements is October 23, 2014, through January 6, 2015. The funding opportunity announcements and detailed application instructions are located on

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