The American Health Quality Association is proud to endorse the Small Practice, Underserved, and Rural Support Program Extension Act of 2022. The Association extends its gratitude for the leadership of Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for introducing this important legislation.
Without urgent action from Congress, the Medicare Quality Payment Program Small, Underserved, and Rural Support Program (QPP-SURS) will expire on February 15th. This legislation is necessary to extend technical assistance for small physician practices through Fiscal Year 2027. We encourage Congressional leadership to include this bill in any forthcoming legislative vehicle to avoid a major disruption in the program.
Many AHQA members provide independent, unbiased, expert technical assistance within the QPP-SURS Program. According to CMS, “SURS technical assistance teams have provided direct support to an average of 107,250 clinicians annually and achieved a 99% average annual small practice clinician satisfaction rate for the technical assistance received based on an average of 19,281 responses”.
The American Health Quality Association is an educational, not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to promoting and facilitating fundamental change that improves the quality of health care in America. The QPP-SURS program aligns with AHQA’s mission to provide expertise in quality improvement, health information management and technology and education to health care providers.