Join our Community of Care Coalition
Working together to build a strong network of providers and community-based
organizations that will enhance the health of the community
you serve while achieving your organizational goals

As a member of the Community of Care Coalition your practice receives:

Access to a network of health care providers from across the care continuum with community-based organizations to identify community-specific needs and opportunities, share best practices, and support interventions that enhance the overall health of your community.

Technical assistance on improving access to behavioral health services, decreasing opioid use, reducing harm from adverse drug events and healthcare acquired infections, supporting prevention and management of chronic disease, and improving care transitions to reduce unnecessary hospital utilization. Through our interventions and support we will reduce provider burden and drive improvement in your MIPS score by addressing metrics that directly affect the Cost and Quality Performance categories.

Data analysis to help you customize implementation of evidence-based interventions and best practices that target your specific needs and identify measurement strategies that allow your team to monitor improvement within your organization and community using data from your electronic health record (EHR) and CMS-claims data.

Resources including education from recognized experts, access to our extensive resource library which includes the latest evidence-based tools, up-to-date summaries of quality reporting and policy changes, and the ability to participate in smaller peer-sharing and affinity-based learning groups via our ECHO platform.

Benefits for your practice

  • Tools to optimize revenue streams and reimbursement
  • Improve patient experience, care, and outcomes with a focus in chronic disease management
  • Tools to promote or implement patient and family engagement in care
  • Enhance safety culture through enhanced teamwork and communication
  • Foster community partnerships to address social determinants of health
  • Coalition activities that align with your existing priorities to improve quality and maximize reimbursement
  • Connect with other providers (peers and high performers) and benchmark performance across 11 states and the District of Columbia
  • Earn distinction for participating in a nationally recognized quality improvement effort
  • Prioritize population health outcomes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with Quality Improvement Networks-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) to perform core functions relating to quality improvement including, but not limited to, technical assistance, data collection and analysis, quality review studies and stakeholder engagement activities. Applicable statutory and regulatory authorities for the QIO program are codified in Sections 1151-1160 of the Social Security Act (42 USC §§ 1320c-1320c12) and Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Under contract to CMS, IPRO serves as the QIN-QIO for the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In this capacity, we are committed to protecting the data collected from your facility for healthcare quality improvement projects. The quality improvement projects that we will work on with your facility are "quality review studies," defined in 42 CFR Section 480.101(b) as "assessment[s], conducted by or for a QIO, of a patient care problem for the purpose of improving patient care through peer analysis, intervention, resolution of the problem and follow-up." Federal regulations, in 42 CFR Section 480.140, mandate confidentiality protections for individual patients, practitioners and institutions that participate in such studies. Accordingly, IPRO QIN-QIO cannot and will not disclose data about participants in a quality review study to any party other than CMS and/or its authorized contractors.

Participation Agreement

Our organization agrees to work with the IPRO Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) as part of the five-year Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Community of Care Coalition Initiative from November 2019 through November 2024.

By signing this Participation Agreement, I assert that I have read and understand the Community Coalition Member responsibilities herein and have the authority to represent the organization delineated below.

Thus, the practice agrees to partner with the IPRO QIN-QIO in working towards achieving the following tasks:

  • Engage in a Community of Care Coalition
  • Implement organizational and community-based quality improvement
  • Submit and share de-identified patient-level data as requested to IPRO QIN-QIO for analysis, reporting and evaluating QI implementation to support collaborative efforts on a monthly or quarterly basis.
    • We understand that data or information related to IPRO QIN-QIO's quality improvement project that may implicitly or explicitly identify another participant will not be disclosed.
  • We authorize IPRO to share all provider and de-identified patient-level data with CMS or its authorized contractors for quality improvement evaluation purposes.
  • We authorize IPRO to release the name of our organization as a participant to other affiliated providers (e.g., corporate senior leaders) and to other affiliated participants in the quality improvement program.
  • Participate in community collaborative sessions, webinars, peer-sharing calls, and affinity-learning groups, as available and appropriate.
  • Share and spread best practices with support from the IPRO QIN-QIO.

I have read and understand the Community Coalition Member tasks outlined in this Participation Agreement and by submitting the information below, agree to partner with IPRO in this Quality Improvement effort.

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Date: 
9/28/20

By entering this information and clicking on the Submit button below you are confirming
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This material was prepared by the IPRO QIN-QIO, a partnership of Healthcentric Advisors, Qlarant and IPRO, serving as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for the New England states, NY, NJ, OH, DE, MD, and the District of Columbia; under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 12SOW.IPRO.QIN.T2.AA.2019.2.Rev.120519