PRIME Support and Alignment Network
The ABFM’s PRIME Support and Alignment Network (SAN) is part of the federal, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This initiative was designed to provide clinicians free technical assistance to build the comprehensive quality improvement strategies and “practice transformation” needed to survive and thrive in a value-based reimbursement environment.
Through enrollment in one of twenty-nine Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs)* or one of two hybrid Support and Alignment Network (SAN) 2.0s and assistance from nine additional SANs, clinicians join the extensive nationwide, collaborative CMS Quality network.
The The ABFM created the PRIME SAN to help support and align Family Physicians’ professional activities with their practice improvement efforts by offering Performance Improvement activity credit for PTN participation and the PRIME Qualified Clinical Data Registry free for three years.
ABFM PRIME SAN Program Manager, Dr. Elizabeth Bishop with ABFM Senior Advisor to the President, Dr. Joseph W. Tollison at FMX 2018.
Two ABFM Approved PI Activity Options For Credit
For PTN Enrollees Already Engaged In PI Activities with Their PTN Quality Improvement Advisors
ABFM board-certified Family Physicians who are enrolled in a TCPI-supported PTN, may apply for 20 Family Medicine Continuing Certification/Performance Improvement activity points by completing a questionnaire on their PTN-related Performance Improvement activities–no uploading of quality measures necessary!
To complete this questionnaire, log in to your ABFM Physician Portfolio, click on “PTN Participation” located under the “Spotlight Programs” section on the left hand side of the screen, and follow the prompt to START the attestation process.
*Note that Family Medicine residents are able to receive 20 Family Medicine Certification points for completion of this activity, however, this will not fulfill the “minimum of one (1) Performance Improvement Activity with patient population.” The 20 points will, however, help Residents reach their minimum 50 points requirement.
Deeper dive into TCPI and 10 Building Blocks
The ABFM PRIME SAN, in collaboration with the University of Colorado-Denver, Department of Family Medicine’s e-Learning team have leveraged the power of Bodenheimer’s 10 Building Blocks of Primary Care and best practices from TCPI to help you improve in three areas:
- Person- and Family-Centered Care
- Cost and Value of Care
- Care Across the Medical Neighborhood
Create your own PDSA cycle quality improvement intervention using PRIME Registry or other data for tracking your improvement.
Complete one of these three activities—hosted on the University of Colorado’s e-Learning platform—for 20 ABFM PI activity credit points.
Click Here to access activities, then select Register and use the code: ABFM, if Diplomate, otherwise, non-ABFM certified clinicians use the code: TCPI
Successful completion of one of these modules will satisfy ABFM requirements for board-certified Family Physicians’ Continuing Certification/Performance Improvement activity points, for Family Medicine residents’ requirement of Performance Improvement Activity with patient population, and may be submitted for potential credit from other specialties (check with your certifying board for more information).
*Note: Your practice is not eligible to enroll in a PTN if you currently participate in any of the following: Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) including the Next Generation ACO model, the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI), or the CMS Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) ACOs. You may, however, join a PTN if you are part of a Medicaid or private payer ACO program.