Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

On September 29, 2015, Maine Quality Counts (QC) was one of 29 healthcare collaborative networks selected by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi), a national effort designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation in primary and specialty care practice settings.

As a four-year initiative, the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN) directly supports sites in achieving the “Quadruple Aim” of healthier people, better patient care, smarter spending, and increased joy for provider teams in their work. NNE-PTN works with practices to align desired changes in care delivery with excellent patient experience.

Our network is a collaborative effort involving trusted organizations and over 2000 clinicians in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We help practices navigate through five phases of transformation, ultimately preparing them to participate successfully in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model.  An Alternative Payment Model (APM) is a payment approach that rewards providers for delivering high-quality and cost-efficient care. Advanced APMs are models that have both upside and downside risk.

In the next year, NNE-PTN will be providing claims data on cost/utilization, assisting sites to successfully participate in the Health Information Exchange, and guiding sites to attain benefits through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

For more information or to see if you qualify to participate, please email

What is the Community Opioid Overdoes Response (COOR) ECHO?

The NNE-PTN COOR ECHO aims to provide opportunities for 12 Maine Communities to share learning and implement key strategies that have been proven to reduce overdose (OD) deaths in other communities.

  • It recognizes the need to address SUD/OUD and drug overdose deaths as a community, leverages and builds upon Maine Quality Counts (QC’s) experience with Project ECHO methodology and previous opioid work, expands Project ECHO model from clinical improvement to systems improvement and builds on other successful community-oriented approaches to decrease drug OD deaths.

NNE-PTN COOR ECHO goal and areas of focus:

  • Goal: Reduce drug overdose deaths!
  • Key COOR ECHO Focus areas:
  1. Collect and Monitor data on OD deaths
  2. Provide rapid access to low-barrier SUD/OUD treatment
  3. Promote widespread availability to naloxone
  4. Promote ready access to recovery supports

COOR Faculty Bios 

COOR ECHO Infographic

APM Resources

SAMHSA has an innovation community focused on Value Based Payment in Behavioral Health/Primary Care you can view the webinar slides and recordings here:


SAMHSA and the National Council have put together free courses for BH professionals to enhance business skills and strategic planning


Open Minds Article on the Options for Alternative Payment Models for Behavioral Health:

QC Learning Lab

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This project is supported by FONCMS-1L1-15-003 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.