Practice assessments

Collaborative Care for Chronic Pain

Report and Recommendations from the Bree Collaborative

Treatment of pain varies widely between systems and clinicians with high financial and human cost. Moving to a collaborative or team-based approach to managing complex pain has been shown to result in better patient outcomes.

However, most approaches to pain management including chronic opioid therapy involved siloed health care providers. This workgroup met from January 2018 to January 2019 and defined minimum standards for:

Opioid Response Network

Providing education and training at a local level for evidence-based practices in the prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorders, the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium (STR-TA), funded by SAMHSA, is a response from a large coalition of national professional organizations. The Opioid Response Network, ORN, provides local training and education free of charge for specific needs at a community level. 

MeHAF Facilitation Guide

The MeHAF Facilitation Guide accompanies the site self assessment survey (SSA) to assist primary care practices and behavioral health agencies in completing the MeHAF Site Self-Assessment. The SSA is used to evaluate progress toward bi-directional behavioral and physical health integration. We recommend completing the assessment with a coach or practice facilitator in addition to using this guide.


The MeHAF is a widely used measure of behavioral health integration that can be used for initial assessment and to follow changes in levels of integration. It is easy to use and makes sense for a range of clinical settings - both primary care and community mental health.

Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Planning Guide

The Value-based Payment (VBP) Planning Guide is designed to assist organizations in pacing the needed changes, gaining buy-in and building needed infrastructure in order to promote a systematic approach toward transformation. The Planning Guide aims to support your organization in:

NCQA Accreditation Resources

NCQA understands the importance of aligning the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Marketplace requirements and NCQA Accreditation requirements. With regard both to requirements for reporting enrollee survey results and HEDIS measure results, NCQA plans to accept results that follow CMS reporting requirements.

Patient Centered Medical Home Assesment PCMH-A

The Patient Centered Medical Home Assessment, PCMH-A, is intended to help sites understand their current level of “medical homeness” and identify opportunities for improvement. The PCMH-A can also help sites track progress toward practice transformation when it is completed at regular intervals.

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Understanding Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

Medicare's current quality reporting programs are being consolidated and streamlined into 1 merit-based incentive payment system, referred to as "MIPS." This consolidation will reduce the aggregate level of financial penalties physicians otherwise could have faced, and it also provides a greater potential for bonus payments.