Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement Receives Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

Building on its history of taking local best practices to scale, NRHI will help build an infrastructure to support large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices 

Portland, Maine – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. NRHI will receive close to $619,000 in first year funding and an anticipated $2.8 million over the four-year cooperative agreement to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians with the tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

“Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely,” said Secretary Burwell.  “These awards will give patients more of the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and give clinicians access to information and support to improve care coordination and quality outcomes.”

These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enables new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, health care services. It builds upon successful models and programs such as the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Organization Program, Partnership for Patients with Hospital Engagement Networks, and Accountable Care Organizations.

As a Support and Alignment Network (SAN), NRHI will provide technical assistance to clinicians in several regions across the country to facilitate improved quality of care, increased patient access to information, and more appropriative health care spending. Specifically, NRHI will help identify existing healthcare delivery models that work and rapidly spread these models to other healthcare providers and clinicians.

NRHI President and CEO, Elizabeth Mitchell said her organization’s members have deep experience in using information to get better health at a lower cost. A network of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICS), NRHI has many on the ground examples of successful improvement strategies to leverage. “We’re excited to partner with CMMI to test a new approach to technical assistance,” she said. “Our members have long histories of helping clinicians redesign their practice to provide care focused on care coordination and outcomes rather than the volume of care delivered.”

To support the NRHI-led SAN, the organization will partner with a number of its RHIC members including Minnesota Community Measurement, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, Better Health Partnership and Maine Quality Counts to serve as experts and share strategies and best practices across the initiative.

NRHI will also partner with the American Board of Medical Specialties to align national transformation strategies with Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs for clinicians. Dr. David Price, Senior Vice President at ABMS said, “We’re excited to work with NRHI to help elevate regional innovations that result in high value care.”

NRHI Board Chair and Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation Executive Director Mylia Christensen, said “we are thrilled to be part of this initiative with NRHI. Without reinventing the wheel, we can leverage the proven strategies and tools already developed by RHICs and our local partners to transform care nationally.”

Three of NRHI’s RHIC members were also selected under the Initiative as Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs). As PTNs they will provide practices with the on-the-ground support needed for clinical and operational transformation and work with SAN awardees to more broadly disseminate best practices and learning. NRHI members awarded as PTNs include The Pacific Business Group on Health, The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and and Maine Quality Counts.

About NRHI:

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement is a national organization representing regional multi-stakeholder groups working towards achieving the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and reduced costs through continuous improvement. NRHI and all of its members are non-profit organizations, separate from state government, working directly with physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients using data to improve healthcare. For more information, visit us on the web at

For more information and to set up interviews contact:

Amy Landry, Communications Manager
Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
Office: 207-805-1684