Join the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network

Enrollment is now open for 4,500 Illinois providers!

GLPTNNorthwestern University has opened enrollment for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN), one of 29 Practice Transformation Networks nationwide.

The GLPTN will support organizations at no cost through health care quality compliance, transitions to value-based care, and engaging patients to be responsible health care consumers.

We will provide:

  • Direct in-office support delivered by a dedicated Quality Improvement Advisor (QIA) to help practices meet QI goals.
  • Assistance in aligning practice QI initiatives with existing reporting programs (PQRS, PGIP, PCMH, HEDIS, etc.).
  • Assistance practices in understanding and complying with PQRS reporting and the value-based modifier program.
  • Coaching and education around value-based payment and accountable care programs helping practices to understand the changing reimbursement landscape and prepare for future payment programs.
  • Opportunities to utilize participation for maintenance of certification and continuing medical education credit.

The GLPTN Quality Improvement Advisors (QIAs) will work closely practices to assess current practices, identify opportunities for improvement, and address quality improvement priorities.  QIAs will provide expert custom consulting to meet practices’ unique needs. QIAs will also have access to information on best practices for improvement through the GLPTN “Transformational Change Toolkit” which will integrate:

  • Evidence-based practice and evidence-based management.
  • Lean and Six Sigma process improvement tools.
  • Patient-centric, personalized population health management.

The GLPTN will work with providers on practice-identified improvement priorities as well as targeted clinical quality improvement areas including:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) management
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) management
  • Hypertension management
  • Diabetes management
  • Preventable ED visits
  • Reduction in unnecessary testing (i.e. Imaging)
  • Depression screening
  • Immunizations and preventive care
  • Data driven decision making – MU, PQRS/VBM, MIPS.


Providers are eligible to participate if they are primary or specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and their respective ambulatory practices. The program is particularly well suited, but is not exclusive, to primary care providers and providers in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and Geriatrics.

Please note: Your organization is not eligible if you currently participate in any of the following: Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the CMS Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice , or are receiving services from one of the other 28 CMS-designated PTNs. Providers who do not accept any Medicare or Medicaid patients are also ineligible.

Join the GLPTN

Interested? Visit our website and contact Us today to verify your eligibility and reserve your spot.


We look forward to working with your organization. Illinois partners are Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, the University of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Health IT Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC)  and Northern Illinois University, Lurie Children’s Health Partners, Neighborhood Health Group, Medical Home Network, and the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services.