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Quality Payment Program Support for Small, Underserved, and Rural Practices

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Choose the appropriate state/territory from the drop down menu on the program website.



Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services contracts with technical assistance providers to offer customized assistance for clinicians in small practices, including those in rural locations, Health Professional Shortage Areas, and Medically Underserved Areas to help them participate and succeed in the Quality Payment Program.

Through the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative, clinicians included in the Quality Payment Program can receive both program and practice-level support.

Program level support includes:

  • Support in understanding the general requirements of the Quality Payment Program
  • Assistance in determining inclusion in the program
  • Advice on identifying and choosing appropriate MIPS measures and activities to report
  • Help with submitting data
  • Guidance on transitioning into an Alternative Payment Model (APM) or Advanced APM

Practice level support includes:

  • Practice readiness assessments
  • Developing strategies for implementing Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT)
  • Assistance in forming partnerships with peers, local stakeholders, ad regional collaboratives
  • Support in participating in a quality improvement initiative

Assistance is available to practices with 15 or fewer clinicians.

Priority is given to small practices:

  • Located in rural areas
  • Located in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
  • Located in designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs)
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Assistance is provided at no cost to participants.

Application process

To request assistance, choose the appropriate state/territory from the drop down menu on the program website and contact the technical assistance provider.

Tagged as
Healthcare quality · Medicaid · Medicare · Networking and collaboration · Reimbursement and payment models

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