KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Reminder: Join us for our 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

Reminder: Join us for our 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

Join us as we travel across the Commonwealth to provide an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program!

There are significant changes to physician payments that are now tied to quality and value. This event will prepare healthcare providers for the changes under MACRA and Value-Based Payment. We will explore: QPP Eligibility, QPP Reporting Metrics, Improvement Activities, ACI and Meaningful Use, HIPAA Requirements, and Quality Improvement.

Lunch will be provided!
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Register Now

Dates/Locations

August 18, 2017 – London, KY
London Community Center
Room AB
529 S Main St
London, KY 40741
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2017 – Georgetown, KY
Georgetown College
Banquet Hall
100 Crawford Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 28, 2017 – Paducah, KY
Baptist Health Paducah
Heart Center Auditorium
2501 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY 42003
9:30AM – 3PM CST

October 5, 2017 – Ashland, KY
Ashland Community College
The Rocky Adkins Pavilion
902 Technology Drive
Grayson, KY 41143
9:30AM – 3PM EST

Registration Fee

Clinicians/Practice Representatives/Non-profit organizations: $25
Vendors and Non-Practice Representatives: $75

Register Now

qpp-surs-logoThis material will be prepared by the QPP Resource Center, the Quality Payment Program for the Midwest, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

August 10th—FREE Webinar—New MACRA QPP Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM)

MACRA QPP Image SquareCMS recently released a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) for program changes to the Quality Payment Program under MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015).

The federal register version is over 1000 pages and there are some significant changes. Most of these changes will affect Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program, not the current Year 1 requirements.

Join us on August 10th at Noon (EST) for a FREE webinar where we will discuss the new NPRM and changes to the Quality Payment Program that will affect your organization.

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Agenda Announced for 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

This year’s 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars will provide a heavy focus on Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program.

The topics will include:

  • MACRA Quality Payment Program 2.0 Sessions: Preparing for QPP
    • Getting Ready for QPP – Who is Eligible?
    • How & What Should I Report for QPP?
    • Which Measures Should I Report for QPP?
    • Which Improvement Activities Are Right for Me?
    • How do I Meet the ACI Requirements?
  • Health IT Sessions:
    • How do I Handle Medicaid Meaningful Use?
    • What About Hospital Meaningful Use?
    • What Role Does HIE Play in MU & ACI?
  • How Do I Protect my IT Systems from Bad Guys?
  • How Do I Improve my Performance & QPP Score?

Lunch will be provided!
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Register Now

Dates/Locations

August 18, 2017 – London, KY
London Community Center
Room AB
529 S Main St
London, KY 40741
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2017 – Georgetown, KY
Georgetown College
Banquet Hall
100 Crawford Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 28, 2017 – Paducah, KY
Baptist Health Paducah
Heart Center Auditorium
2501 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY 42003
9:30AM – 3PM CST

October 5, 2017 – Ashland, KY
Ashland Community College
The Rocky Adkins Pavilion
902 Technology Drive
Grayson, KY 41143
9:30AM – 3PM EST

Registration Fee

Clinicians/Practice Representatives/Non-profit organizations: $25
Vendors and Non-Practice Representatives: $75

Register Now

qpp-surs-logoThis material will be prepared by the QPP Resource Center, the Quality Payment Program for the Midwest, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

Join us for our 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

Join us as we travel across the Commonwealth to provide an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program!

There are significant changes to physician payments that are now tied to quality and value. This event will prepare healthcare providers for the changes under MACRA and Value-Based Payment. We will explore: QPP Eligibility, QPP Reporting Metrics, Improvement Activities, ACI and Meaningful Use, HIPAA Requirements, and Quality Improvement.

Lunch will be provided!
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Register Now

Dates/Locations

August 18, 2017 – London, KY
London Community Center
Room AB
529 S Main St
London, KY 40741
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2017 – Georgetown, KY
Georgetown College
Banquet Hall
100 Crawford Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 28, 2017 – Paducah, KY
Baptist Health Paducah
Heart Center Auditorium
2501 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY 42003
9:30AM – 3PM CST

October 5, 2017 – Ashland, KY
Ashland Community College
The Rocky Adkins Pavilion
902 Technology Drive
Grayson, KY 41143
9:30AM – 3PM EST

Registration Fee

Clinicians/Practice Representatives/Non-profit organizations: $25
Vendors and Non-Practice Representatives: $75

Register Now

qpp-surs-logoThis material will be prepared by the QPP Resource Center, the Quality Payment Program for the Midwest, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

MACRA Final Rule Webinar Recording

mon-krecOn October 14, 2016, CMS released its final rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Kentucky REC presented a MACRA Final Rule Overview webinar to help organization’s understand how this will impact the way they deliver care.

To listen to the webinar, please click here.

MACRA Q&A

The follow questions were asked on the webinar. We have answered the Frequently Asked Questions below:

1. Does MACRA/MIPS affect Medicaid clinicians? I do not participate in Medicare, only in Medicaid.
No, MACRA/MIPS only impacts providers who bill Medicare Part B at this time. However, similar changes to value-based payment are expected.

2. What if your RHC is a part of an ACO?
RHCs and FQHCs must first determine eligibility dependent upon whether or not the RHC/FQHC bills at least $30,000 in Medicare Part B and/or bills for 100 Medicare patients (dependent upon whether you are reporting as an individual or group). If the RHC/FQHC is determined to be eligible, then you must determine whether or not your ACO is considered an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) or a MIPS APM. If 20-25% of your Medicare Part B billing is through an Advanced APM, then RHCs or FQHCs may qualify for a 5% lump sum bonus.

3. Can you report on any 90-day period for Advancing Care Information?
Yes, you can report any consecutive 90 day period between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. We recommend that you find your best 90 day period and report on that timeframe before March 31, 2018.

4. Under Advancing Care Information some objectives are eligible for a percentage bonus. Can you receive multiple bonuses for this category?
Yes, you can report multiple objectives to receive bonus points. Each objective has a set percentage of bonus associated with reporting.

5. If a provider get a penalty’s for 2017+ and s/he moves to a different organization will that penalty follow the provider?
Yes. Just like other quality programs, the penalties/incentives follow the provider.

6. Will we still have to do Medicaid MU for individual providers?
Yes, if you want to continue receiving an incentive for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you will need to continue to attest under the guidelines of the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services. The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is funded through 2021.

7. Will all of those penalties be stacked for each year?
No. The penalties are only associated with the performance year in which they were incurred.

8. Where do I find information about Patient Centered Medical Home and Patient Centered Specialty Practice Recognition?
You can visit Kentucky REC’s website at www.KentuckyREC.com or you can contact us at 859-323-3090 or kyrec@uky.edu for information related to Patient Centered Medical Home or Patient Centered Specialty Practice Programs. Kentucky REC has certified content experts on staff to help your practice achieve recognition.

9. Are CPOE and CDS still required for 2016 MU reporting for physician offices?
Yes. Changes to CPOE and CDS rules will impact 2017 Meaningful Use.

10. For the Meaningful Use program there was a very detailed document on the CMS website detailing what each measure required. Is there something similar that talks about each measure/requirement in detail for MIPS?
Yes. Visit CMS’s new Quality Payment Program website at www.CMS.QPP.gov.

11. Is full year reporting required for MIPS?
Each performance category has a required reporting timeframe that is dependent upon the performance year. Therefore, for 2017, you have 4 options available to you which will determine the reporting timeframes for each performance category. Visit QPP website for further details.

12. Can you report quality as a group as with PQRS or is everything reported by individual provider?
Each performance category can be reported as a group/TIN or as an individual EC /NPI.

13. Do I need to sign-up for this program?
No, technically there is no registration required. However, registration may be required for certain methods of submission (i.e. GPRO or CMS Web Interface). It is important to keep your PECOS up to date as well.

14. This system does not seem to empower providers to tackle the larger issues that accompany patients of low income/low education.
The QPP program is intended to improve quality and reduce avoidable cost for all patients. For many clinicians value-based and alternative payment models incentivize them to provide additional support for vulnerable and high-risk patients.

15. Can you explain the extra credit for the Improvement Activities?
Certain Improvement Activities which are identified in the list found on CMS’s website can be submitted/performed using your Certified Electronic Health Record (CEHRT) and these activities can qualify you for bonus points.

16. What ACO organizations are there in this area?
There are many to choose from. Visit www.innovation.cms.gov for a map of the APMs in Kentucky. The QPP site also has a list of available APMs.

 

New Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar in Lexington – January 26

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UPDATE: A LEXINGTON SEMINAR HAS BEEN ADDED ON JANUARY 26TH!

Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar Series 

Don’t miss this opportunity to take an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Final Rule and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements! This seminar will also cover the latest happenings around Value-Based Payment Models, PQRS and Quality Reporting, HIPAA Privacy & Security, Patient-Centered Medical Home. Lunch will be provided!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Register Now

Dates/Locations

November 18, 2016 – Hazard, KY
Hazard Community & Technical College
First Federal Center, Room 123A
1 Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

December 2, 2016 – Erlanger, KY
St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center
3861 Olympic Blvd
Erlanger, KY 41018

December 8, 2016 – Owensboro, KY
Owensboro Convention Center
501 W 2nd St
Owensboro, KY 42301

January 26,  2017 – Lexington, KY
Embassy Suites
1801 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

Registration Fee

Clinicians/Practice Representatives/Non-profit organizations: $25
Vendors and Non-Practice Representatives: $75

Register Now

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The Health Collaborative NeKY RHIO
KPCA Kentucky Health Center Network