Kentucky REC News

QPP Webinar August 7th – NPRM: Year 3 Proposed Rule Review

Join us August 7 from 12-1 pm, where we will examine the CMS Notice Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program. We will discuss the major proposed changes, how they differ from Year 2 (2018 Program Year) requirements, and the possible effects of these changes on clinician practices.

In the proposed rule released July 12, CMS outlines numerous alterations for Year 3 (2019 Program Year) of QPP, including many changes to the Promoting Interoperability performance category and increased weighting for the Cost performance category. Along with extensive category restructuring, CMS has also proposed an increase in the performance threshold and added an additional factor for clinician eligibility.

Webinar August 7th – NPRM: Year 3 Proposed Rule Review

Tuesday August 7th 12-1 p.m. ET

QPP Year 2 Webinar July 30th: 2017 Feedback Reports

Join us on July 30th for an in depth look at the new Quality Payment Program feedback report. We will explore how you can use these reports to shape your practice action plan to maximize your Year 2 QPP performance. We will also take a look at the targeted review request process and how to use this form to correct any errors. Please note: the targeted review application must be submitted no later than September 30th of 2018. However, CMS recommends submitting before the end of July.

CMS released Year 1 QPP feedback reports Friday, June 29th on the QPP.CMS.GOV Portal. Providers who participated in Year 1 of the QPP under either the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Alternative Payment Models (APMS) can log in to their QPP Portal to review their final performance score and the associated payment adjustment factor. The new feedback report replaces the Quality Resource and Utilization Report (QRUR), and provides feedback across Quality (reported measures), Cost (claims based evaluation), Advancing Care Information (now known as Promoting Interoperability), and Improvement Activities. The report provides feedback on performance across these four categories and illustrates ranking across the country and each measure(s) respectively. We suggest that you look at your feedback reports as soon as possible to initially check for accuracy, as time is short for a potential appeal. While you are in the QPP Portal, we also recommend you verify that your connected clinicians are accurate, in the event someone is tied to your TIN who is not part of your organization. If this is the case, you will also want to clean up PECOS and work with CMS to remove any errors.

You can gain access to your feedback reports by logging in to the Portal at using your EIDM login and password. If you do not have a login/password, or the appropriate level of access, you can request or modify it here.

Webinar July 30th – QPP Year 2: 2017 Feedback Reports

Monday July 30th 12-1 p.m. ET


2018 Practice Transformation Survival Seminar Series: Two Dates Remain – Pikeville & Louisville

Join us in Pikeville or 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, 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


August 3, 2018 – Pikeville, KY
Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
9:00AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2018 – Louisville, KY 
Frazier History Museum
9:00AM – 3PM EST


KHIE Kentucky Health Information Exchange Qsource Him Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter


Webinar July 26 – Year 2 QPP: Maximizing your Patient’s Potential with Portal Usage

With the adoption of EMR technology, transformative steps in healthcare have improved the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, education, responsiveness, and overall care of patients. A subsequent step in the evolution of EMR is to increase access to health information, offer functionality for providers for ordering tests, checking results, and ease the burden of sharing information to aid in patient care. The next step forward is integrating patients into their medical record via Patient Portals. A Patient Portal allows the patient to interact and communicate with their healthcare providers 24/7 through the internet. Portals can be applications on stand-alone websites, or applications integrated into the provider’s existing website, while others are modules added on to EMR systems.

CMS initially required providers and facilities to provide electronic access to patient health records through incentive/penalty programs, such as the EHR Incentive Program known as Meaningful Use. This was in order to encourage patient access to and utilization of EMRs and Patient Portals. This has now evolved into the View, Download and Transmit (or VDT) requirements and is continuing to stair step up the integration even further in 2019 with the requirements around Patient-Generated Health Data. This data can range from fitness tracker logs, daily blood pressure or glucose monitoring logs, to food diaries and beyond. Patients self-track and upload their data into the Patient Portal for their providers to review and act upon when necessary.

Individuals who are tracking their health data, uploading it to a portal, engaging providers with questions about their care through direct messaging, are all signs of Patient Activation. This concept describes the knowledge, skills and confidence a person has in managing their own well-being and health care. Activation is more than compliance. Compliance is about persuading a patient to follow recommended medical advice. Activation encourages willingness of the patient to take independent actions to manage their health and care. Developing a partnership between provider and patient that shifts daily decision-making and health ownership back to the patient to manage their health conditions encourages buy-in and engagement. Studies have shown links between highly activated patients and positive care experiences, better health outcomes, and lower costs.

Join Kentucky REC for our webinar “Patient Portals: Getting The Most Out Of Your Portals” on July 26, 2018. We will have an in depth discussion of the need for patient portals, how to promote patient activation and experience, and how maximizing your portal capabilities can positively impact your results in the Quality Payment Program and other Quality Programs, such as the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Program (Promoting Interoperability Program) for 2018.

Webinar – QPP: Patient Portals – Getting the Most Out of Your Portals

Thursday July 26th 12-1 p.m. ET

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


KPCA eClinical Works Training: July 16 and 17 in Lexington KY

The Kentucky Primary Care Association is hosting two courses in eCW EHR User Training: EHR Basics and Practice Management Basics. Classes are on July 16 and then repeated July 17.

Number of Participants: 15 slots total in each class on a first come, first serve basis – email to register with information requested below.

Cost: The fee $250.00 per person/per course for KPCA Members. Non-member fee is $400.00 per course. Your clinic will be invoiced after receiving registration. Any clinic with an unpaid invoice 10 days before the classes will have their slots opened to others.

Hotel reservations are available here.

Required: Each person should bring their own laptop with instance of eCW  – version 11 preferred

General Schedule Each Day:

7:30 am to 8 am ET – Registration and Breakfast

8 am to 4 pm ET – Classes per topics below with boxed lunch at noon, refreshments available throughout the day.

July 16, 2018 – EHR Basics Course

Registration 7:30 am, Class from 8 am to 4 pm ET

  • Provider Workflow Best Practice
  • Alerts, Registry and Improving Care
  • EHR Customization and Tips
  • Improving Workflows

July 16, 2018 – Practice Management Basics Course

Registration 7:30 am, Class from 8 am to 4 pm ET

  • Billing Workflow Basics
  • Increasing Automation and Scheduling Jobs
  • Rules that Rule – The Rule Engine
  • Reporting  – Leverage the eBO

July 17, 2018 – EHR Basics

Repeat of July 16 course

Registration 7:30 am, Class from 8 am to 4 pm ET

July 17, 2018 – Practice Management Basics

Repeat of July 16 course

Registration at 7:30 am, Class from 8 am to 4 pm ET

PLEASE CONTACT KAYLA ROSE AT with the following for each person you are registering:

  • Date of training
  • Course requested
  • Participant name
  • Participant email
  • Contact phone
  • Clinic
  • Name and email of individual for invoice

Wait List and Future Classes Information Requested

It is our hope to provide these and other eCW courses on a regular basis. Please send any additional people from your facility who would like to have the training to KAYLA ROSE AT The purpose of this is two-fold: we will add people if there are cancellations; and to help KPCA plan additional trainings in upcoming months.