Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)
Dr. Doug Patten is the chief medical officer of the Georgia Hospital Association, which is the leading advocate for Georgia’s hospitals and health systems. GHA supports the efforts of its members as they strive to improve access to health services, improving the health of all Georgians. Dr. Patten was a general surgeon in southern Georgia before he became the chief medical officer of the Phoebe Health System in Albany.
He has been GHA’s chief medical officer for nearly two years. He is focused on improving quality and safety, engaging patients and their families, and physician leadership. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia and the American College of Surgeons.
The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) is designed to help more than 150,000 U.S clinicians improve quality and reduce costs – keeping in mind that the Medicare is changing from a volume-based payment system to a quality-based payment system in the next several years. The four-year, $800 million TCPI initiative is being funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.
It is aligned with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicare Access and Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The TCPI includes a network of 29 “practice transformation networks” (PTNs) that are designed to 1) improve health outcomes and 2) improve care coordination and 3) better engage patients and families and 4) improve patient, clinician and staff satisfaction and 5) reduce the overall cost of care.
There is no cost for clinicians or practices to join a PTN. There are four PTNs that support clinicians in Georgia, including the Compass PTN – which has been endorsed by the Medical Association of Georgia given MAG’s “multi-year collaboration with GHA on matters related to quality, safety and community health.”
The Compass PTN will serve more than 7,000 primary and specialty care clinicians in six states. The Compass PTN is led by six non-profit partners, including the Georgia Hospital Association. In Georgia, the Compass PTN hopes to serve 1,000 clinicians, including 150 specialists.
Dr. Doug Patten, CMO, Georgia Hospital Association