Quality Insights QPP Webinar: Submitting 2017 MIPS Data Using the QPP Portal

Our friends at Quality Insights are hosting an informative webinar Thursday, January 11th at 2 p.m.:

If you are not going to utilize a registry, a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), the CMS web interface, or your EHR vendor to submit all of your 2017 MIPS data, then you will need to use the QPP portal. 2017 data must be submitted to CMS between January 2, 2018 and March 31, 2018.

So where do you begin? Join Quality Insights for an overview of the data submission process and take advantage of this opportunity to get your questions answered by the expert QPP team at Quality Insights.
Registration is required so please register today. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email that contains the login details for the webinar.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT)
Register Here

If you have any questions regarding the Quality Payment Program for 2017 and/or 2018, our experts at Kentucky REC are here to help. Call us at 859-323-3090

Quality Payment Program Year 2: Are You Ready? Action Items & Upcoming Webinar

The first program year of the new Quality Payment Program is almost over. As we look toward Year 2, there are a few items to make certain are on your to do list:

  • According to CMS, data for Year 1 of the QPP must be submitted no later than March 31st of 2018. However, depending on your submission method(s) and/or vendor(s), you may have an even shorter timeframe.
  • Documentation to support Year 1 should be finalized and saved during 2017. Think improvement activities, exclusions, special status and any reports to support what you will submit in 2018 for Program Year 2017.
  • Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program kicks off January 1st 2018 for Quality and Cost. Therefore, you should aim to implement any changes to workflows and/or documentation in very early 2018 in order to maximize your efforts to improve your score.
  • The eligible clinician low volume thresholds increase as of January 1st to $90,000 and 200 Medicare patients. We recommend checking eligibility early in the year so that you have a clear idea of who is required to submit for year 2 of the program.

Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program has raised the bar slightly with the minimum threshold of 15 points, increased from the Year 1 minimum of 3 points. This will require expanded participation in order to avoid the 5% penalty.

We hope that you will join us for the start of our 2018 educational series on January 11th 2018! QPP: Choosing the Best Timeframes to Maximize Your Final Score. 12 – 1 PM Eastern Time


Register Today for our 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Webinar on Nov 30th

The end of the year is approaching, and it will soon be time to submit your Meaningful Use attestations.

Please join us for this webinar as we discuss: how to prepare for Medicaid attestations; suggested documents to retain; and reminders for the upcoming year. We will also share instructions on how to request a KCHIP report, how to obtain your CEHRT ID, and much more.

Let us help you be prepared and organized with all of the information that is needed to submit your Meaningful Use attestation. This will ensure that you have the list of items needed to upload with your attestation and save time. Register now to learn more.

Webinar : Preparing for Meaningful Use Attestation
Date and Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00 pm ET



BREAKING NEWS: QPP Year 2 Final Rule Released

CMS released the highly anticipated QPP Year 2 Final Rule late last week. The 1600 page document builds off the 2015 MACRA legislation and provides flexibility and clarification of the Quality Payment Programs and MIPS. Please join us at the Kentucky Regional Extension Center on November 16th at 11 am for a live webinar where we will highlight the changes for 2018 to the Quality Payment Program made in the Year 2 Final Rule.

Register here for Kentucky REC’s QPP Year 2 Final Rule Webinar Thursday Nov 16, 2017 11am-12 pm Password: MACRA

Provided below is a summary of a few of the changes as well as links to additional information. We will have a more complete review of the changes during our webinar next week.

Some changes of the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule:

  • Low volume threshold finalized at ≤$90,000 in Part B allowed charges or ≤200 Part B beneficiaries
  • New performance threshold is set at 15 points, up from 3 points in 2017
  • Cost performance category will remain 10% of final score in 2018 and will be calculated based on two measures: Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary and Total Per Capita Cost
  • Quality performance category will require 12 months of reporting for 2018
  • To receive full credit using patient-centered medical home recognition/certification for the Improvement Activities performance category, organizations must have 50% of practice sites within a TIN recognized/certified
  • New bonus points are available for showing improvement in the Quality category year over year, demonstrating care for complex patients and being a clinician or group with 15 or fewer clinicians
  • Use of either 2014 or 2015 Certified EHR Technology for 2018 is allowed; a new 10% bonus is available in the Advancing Care Information (ACI) category if you only use 2015 Edition CEHRT all year

Additional information on the MACRA/ Quality Payment Program Final Rule:The Quality Payment Program final rule with comment period (CMS-5522-FC and CMS-5522-IFC) can be downloaded from the Federal Register here.

A Fact Sheet on the Quality Payment Program final rule with comment period is available here.

Contact the experts at Kentucky REC for all your QPP and MIPS questions. We’re here to help. Call us at 859-323-3090

Join us for a MACRA 2016 Feedback Report Webinar on Monday, October 30th

On September 18, 2017, CMS released the annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) for all group and solo practitioners across the country. We hope that you can join us for a live webinar where we will be digging into the 2016 QRUR. During this webinar we will be highlighting some key aspects of the report as well as how you can use this report to drive improvement in your practice.

In addition, we will be discussing the supplemental tables and how these tables can be used to focus in on target populations to improve outcomes and reduce overall cost. We highly encourage that you pull your 2016 QRURs so that you can follow along as we walk through a sample QRUR and discuss each section and how this feedback report can be used to improve your MIPS performance in the future.

What: MACRA 2016 Feedback Report Webinar
When: Monday, October 30, 2017 12:00 pm


Upcoming Web Event: Maximizing MIPS ACI Scores for Small Group Practices and Solo Clinicians

Obtaining a high Advancing Care Information (ACI) score is essential for small group practices seeking to achieve bonuses in the MIPS program. But, because many small practices have limited or no electronic health records and may not participate in registries, achieving a good ACI score may seem difficult.

This event will help small practices understand ACI scoring and advise them on how to maximize their limited resources to earn the best ACI score possible. Panelists will discuss the ACI measures required for reporting, how to choose quality measures, ACI measures, and improvement activities that can maximize your efficiency, eligibility for a hardship exemption, and what to do if your practice does not have an EHR or use a registry.

This event is designed for:

  • MIPS-eligible clinicians from solo and small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians
  • Practice managers and other staff tasked with submitting MIPS data
  • Clinician stakeholders such as State and Medical Associations assisting small practices preparing to participate in MIPS

Two sessions of this presentation are being offered. Please click the date and time to register for the session you would like to attend:



See the flyer to learn more. This event is being hosted by the QPP SURS Central Support Team, you may contact them at: