10/15/18 Deadline – Quality Payment Program Targeted Review Request

Don’t forget! Monday October 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET is the final deadline to submit a targeted review request to CMS for your 2017 Quality Payment Program performance and associated payment adjustment. We recommend that you log in into the QPP portal and verify your feedback and associated adjustment. This feedback and associated adjustment factor is set to take place beginning January 1, 2019 and will be applied to your Medicare Part B claims.

Have questions? Not sure of how to submit a targeted review request? The experts at Kentucky REC can help! Feel free to call 859-323-3090 or email Kentucky REC. We are happy to help answer your questions.


It is essential for representatives of Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals to know the steps to take for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly Meaningful Use) for Program Year 2018 and beyond. You will want to stay on top of monitoring your reports and progress to ensure that your hospital avoids a negative Medicare payment adjustment.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the Fiscal Year 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule. In this ruling, CMS adopted policies to continue the advancement of CEHRT utilization, focusing on burden reduction, interoperability, and patient access to their health information. We’ll outline the Stage 3 changes contained within the final rule and provide a review of the Modified Stage 2 requirements during our informative webinar on Tuesday, October 16th.

Register now and let us help you succeed in meeting your Promoting Interoperability goals.

The Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for Hospitals

Tuesday, October 16, 12 -1 PM ET

Contact us at Kentucky REC with any questions. Our team of experts is always here to help: 859-323-3090.

Webinar Oct 11: QPP Year End Preparation

As we approach the end of the Quality Payment Program’s 2nd year, it’s time to develop your plans for submission. A lot of work goes into information gathering needed for successful QPP submission. Much of it can be done now, or lined up for quick collection at the close of 2018. For Improvement Activities and Promoting Interoperability, you actually have some flexibility in the time frames of data you can report. This allows you to already be gathering this information for submission and ironing out your required documentation for the associated measures. While Quality and Cost have a full year reporting requirement, you can implement strategies now to put your practice in the best position for submitting data on these measures.

During our webinar, we’ll discuss how to be in the best position for the January – March 2019 submission time frame for Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the experts at Kentucky REC and get your questions answered by our team of Quality Improvement Advisors!

QPP Year 2: Year End Preparation

Thursday October 11 12-1 p.m. ET




Announcing The PILL Podcast Series

Kentucky REC is embarking on a new way to share information regarding quality improvement and transformation in healthcare. Beginning Fall 2018, join us for a new podcast series: The PILL Podcast for providers, innovators, leaders and learners. We’ll be hosting interviews with experts in the field who are leading the charge in addressing Value-based Care and Payment. Each person will discuss aspects of the change process and lessons they’ve learned along the way. We’ll address regulatory changes from Washington and Frankfort, and how practices small and large can succeed in the ever more complex world of healthcare. Subjects will include ways to comply with regulatory initiatives, along with the changes needed to be successful in the Quality Payment Program and MIPS.

Episode 0: What is The PILL Podcast? Kentucky REC Managing Director Trudi Matthews, along with cohost Stephen Williams, introduce the series.


Episode 1: Karen Ditsch – Reluctant Convert – This episode features Karen Ditsch, CEO of Juniper Health in Eastern Kentucky, as she describes her personal and practice journey. She and Juniper moved from a mindset of a reluctant, reactive, and compliance based operation to becoming champions of quality Improvement. They began the proactive quality journey in 2006/7, and they went from paper to EMR in 2010. She shares the struggles and successes along the way, and strategies to move forward as Value-based Care and Payment becomes the model for all providers.


Episode 2 of The PILL Podcast will feature Dr. Chris Yost of UK Healthcare, as he discusses the benefits of seeking Patient Centered Medical Home recognition and focusing on promoting the health of all patients.

Contact Kentucky REC with your questions regarding the Quality Payment Program. Our team of experts are here to help. Phone 859-323-3090


Webinar September 20: QPP for Specialty Practices

Even though the Quality Payment Program (QPP) impacts all Eligible Clinicians, we often hear that specialists think it is directed toward primary care providers. There are currently five types of providers (Physicians, PAs, NPs, CNS, & CRNAs) that can be Eligible Clinicians, and this list is expected to expand in coming years. The NPRM for 2019 proposes to include: Physical and Occupational Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and Clinical Psychologists. This expansion, if included in the upcoming Final Rule, could include more specialists than ever before in a CMS program. While the Improvement Activities and Promoting Interoperability performance categories have significant flexibility to allow for the best fit regardless of practice type, Quality is an area that many specialists tend to struggle with as they work to choose the best approach.

While the majority of quality measures are highlighted as being primary care specific, there are measures and objectives for specialists. In fact, there are subset measures that are designed specifically for different specialties. The challenge is in identifying the correct quality measures, and the best approach for capturing the required information and submission.

Join us for our upcoming webinar where we will discuss how measure availability and subsequent benchmarks can affect scores for specialists. We will present crucial steps to take as a specialty practice to ensure ongoing success in the Quality Payment Program.

Webinar September 20 – QPP for Specialty Practices

Thursday September 20th 12-1 p.m. ET


2018 Practice Transformation Survival Seminar – Louisville September 14

Join us in Louisville as we take an in depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program!

This event will explore MACRA Year 2, the CMS Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) Year 3, Care Transitions Quality Measure, the Cost Category of MIPS, Considerations for Moving to Advanced Payment Models, Practice Transformation and Quality Improvement, 2018 Meaningful Use (Promoting Interoperability) Changes and Hard to Hit Measures, and what we can learn from 2017 Security Breaches in order to protect data.

The 2018 Agenda is ALL NEW to reflect the constant changes faced by healthcare practices.

 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit will be offered for MDs.


September 14, 2018 – Louisville, KY 
Kentucky Science Center
9:00AM – 3:10 PM EST


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