The US Department of Health and Human Services announces funding for learning networks

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $685 million to 29 “practice transformation networks,” including some hospitals and health systems, and 10 supporting organizations to help clinicians improve patient outcomes and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees through its Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.

The initiative, announced last year, is expected to support more than 140,000 clinicians and promote patient engagement. According to Sylvia Burwell, HHS Secretary, “Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the way they work is critical to improving quality and spending our health care dollars more wisely."