Quality Payment Program – Small, Underserved and Rural

UPDATE FROM CMS (2/15/22): The Small, Underserved and Rural Support (SURS) initiative that provided free technical assistance to small practices ended on February 15, 2022 as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) only provided for 5 years of direct support.

PLEASE NOTE: While this funding has ended, Kentucky REC still offers complete technical assistance for small, rural and underserved practices navigating the QPP Program.

The Kentucky REC provides free, high-level assistance to eligible clinicians as they navigate participation in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The Kentucky REC serves as the state-level coordinating entity for Kentucky under contract with CMS to help clinicians in small practices (with 15 or fewer Eligible Clinicians), especially those in rural or underserved areas, to participate in QPP. The Kentucky REC also participates in a 7-state regional coalition led by the Altarum Institute and funded by CMS that has established the Quality Payment Program Resource Center™ to bring the best minds together across our region to identify issues and offer support to clinicians participating in QPP. This includes:

  • Straightforward, self-directed resources and tools
  • Up-to-date materials reviewed for accuracy and usability
  • Expert Quality Payment Program Advisors available via live chat or phone support

2021 Building Blocks

QPP Resources

QPP Tip Sheets

QPP Webinars


March 14 Webinar: QPP Year 7 – Understanding FQHC & RHC Eligibility

Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health clinics are tasked with providing care to under-served, at-risk patients, and those in rural areas who have limited access to healthcare. What an awesome charge, to be tasked with improving the health and well-being...

Webinar Feb 14: QPP Year 7 – MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs)

CMS, in an effort to address feedback from clinicians and stakeholders around the complexity of the MIPS program, has implemented a new reporting track. This new track is called MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs), and is effective starting with the 2023 Performance Year....

QPP Webinar Jan 10: 2023 Final Rule

On November 1st CMS released the highly anticipated Quality Payment Program Year 7 Final Ruling. This final rule will impact and shape the Quality Payment Program for calendar year 2023 and beyond. Join the experts at Kentucky Regional Extension Center for a review of...