Network of Quality Improvement
and Innovation Contractors Program (NQIIC)

On Jan. 29, 2019, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded 58 companies and institutions spots on a potential 10-year, $25B contract vehicle to support data-driven health care quality improvement efforts across various settings and programs. Northern Illinois University’s Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC) is participating in 2 multi-state consortium that were awarded this initiative. The consortium leads include Indiana University and Altarum.

One of the current initiatives under the NQIIC program is designed help clinicians improve quality and performance in their practice.This initiative is called the CLINICIAN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACT (CQIC). This program is focused on improving outcomes in 4 main areas.

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Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN)

The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) is part of a national effort to help healthcare professionals – from doctors and nurses to social workers and pharmacists – coordinate care, lower costs, and improve the health of American citizens. The goal of practice transformation is higher-quality care – more carefully coordinated and with fewer unnecessary tests and procedures – leading to better care, fewer hassles, and lower costs. GLPTN is helping providers work together and learn from one another to accomplish these goals.

The Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC) based at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, serves healthcare providers throughout Illinois. It is part of a collaborative network selected to participate in TCPI, the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, initiated by CMS.  

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