The TCPi, established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2015, is designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation and to support more than 140,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies. The initiative is one part of a strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act to strengthen the quality of patient care and spend health care dollars more wisely. It aligns with the criteria for innovative models set forth in the Affordable Care Act including: promoting broad payment and practice reform in primary care and specialty care, promoting care coordination between providers of services and suppliers, establishing community-based health teams to support chronic care management, and promoting improved quality and reduced cost by developing a collaborative of institutions that support practice transformation.
Chouinard, the chief medical officer for Community Care of West Virginia, Inc. (CCWV), was chosen to serve on the faculty in 2015 due to her expertise in the area of quality health care. She has served as co-chair since 2017. During her tenure at CCWV, the organization has more than doubled in size, serving 45,000 patients in medically underserved central West Virginia. With health centers, school-based health centers, and pharmacies in Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Upshur counties, CCWV is a leader in providing quality health care to its patients and communities.