Press Release

CMS Awards IMPAQ International Contract to Support Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System

Columbia, Maryland


March 09, 2017

For Immediate Release

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded IMPAQ International the $6M+ Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design, and Analysis (RMADA) task order, Quality Payment Program – Small, Underserved, and Rural Support (QPP-SURS) Central Support Contract.

IMPAQ will coordinate and facilitate the 11 QPP-SURS Technical Assistance contractors working with more than 230,000 small group practices to support the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The contract will focus on small group practices serving communities in rural and medically underserved areas where access to health care is very limited.

This technical assistance, authorized and funded under Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), brings direct support to thousands of MIPS eligible clinicians in small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to four years.

“IMPAQ is excited about helping small group practices make this transition. This work will strengthen the health care networks in underserved areas and will ensure these practices can continue to serve the communities that depend on the care they provide,” said IMPAQ Executive Vice President Dr. David Baker.

During the 4-year project, IMPAQ and its subcontractors, the Lewin Group and CSI Solutions, will coordinate and collaborate with the 11 QPP-SURS Technical Assistance contractors, multiple federal partners, and other key stakeholders to provide educational webinars, identify and promote the strategies used by successful group practices, and monitor the participation and progress of small group practice participants. The project adds to IMPAQ’s growing portfolio of contracts supporting CMS large-scale, national dissemination and quality improvement efforts. IMPAQ also is the technical support contractor for the Partnership for Patients, which seeks to reduce harms in hospitals, and serves as the Strategic Innovation Engine, which identifies and deploys cutting-edge innovations in health care to improve the quality and efficiency of care