April 19, 2016
Chief Medical Officer to Join Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ National Expert Panel
Baltimore Medical System, the largest federally qualified health center in Maryland, today announced that it has been selected as a high performing practice for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). As a high performing practice, Baltimore Medical System will participate on the TCPI national expert panel and help practices across the country implement a change package to improve care and reduce costs for their patients.
“We are honored to be a part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative as it directly supports our mission to improve the health and wellness of medically underserved communities,” said Dr. Jenene Washington, Chief Medical Officer of Baltimore Medical System. “I am looking forward to sitting on the national expert panel and using our own proven successes with quality and team-based care to help other practices improve care and reduce hospital readmissions, unnecessary testing and extraneous procedures.”
She added, “As a high performing practice, we also have the unique opportunity to learn and adopt best practices from other high performing centers. We are eager to begin connecting and sharing with other leaders in the healthcare industry so that we can further improve the quality of care we deliver throughout Greater Baltimore.”
TCPI is designed to help more than 140,000 clinician practices achieve large-scale health transformation over the next four years. The initiative will provide clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information and reduce costs.
Baltimore Medical System was selected as a high performing practice based on a recommendation from a practice transformation network in CMS’ TCPI, a series of interviews and performance / data review of clinical and operational measures.
About Baltimore Medical System
Baltimore Medical System is the largest federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Maryland. Dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of medically underserved communities in the Baltimore area, Baltimore Medical System provides safe, high quality, accessible and affordable healthcare through its five community health centers, four pharmacies, seven school-based health centers and multiple community outreach programs. As a community-based, independent non-profit 501(c)(3), Baltimore Medical System provides services for primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and behavioral health. For more information, please visit www.bmsi.org and follow Baltimore Medical System on Facebook.