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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

 

 

MACRA/QPP Webinar Recordings Now Available On-Demand

In light of all of the regulatory changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP), Kentucky Regional Extension Center has recorded several informational webinars to help your organization understand and navigate the potential impacts.

We hope the webinar recordings below are helpful to your organization and would encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.

 

WebinarDescription
MACRA Eligibility WebinarThis webinar provides a step-by-step guide to determining your eligibility and understanding whether or not your organization and providers are eligible for MIPS including eligibility at both the individual and group level.
MACRA Improvement Activities Deep Dive WebinarThis webinar provides a deep-dive into the Improvement Activities (IA) category of MIPS, including an overview of the options available to report on during this time period.
MACRA Advancing Care Information Deep Dive WebinarThis webinar provides a deep-dive into the Advancing Care Information (ACI) category of MIPS. This includes understanding ACI scoring and tips on how to maximize resources to earn the best score possible.
MACRA Quality Deep Dive WebinarThis webinar provides a deep-dive into the Quality category of MIPS and offers tips and tricks for maximizing your score through targeted Quality Improvement efforts.
MACRA QRUR Deep Dive WebinarThis webinar provides a deep-dive analysis into the Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) provided by CMS and helps organizations understand what to look for in each component of the report.
MACRA Data Submission WebinarAs you participate in MIPS, you should also consider the mechanism of how you will measure and submit your data to CMS. This webinar provides a deep-dive into the data submission component of MIPS.
EHR/ CEHRT WebinarThis webinar discusses the advantages and potential challenges that come along with upgrading to a 2015 certified Electronic Health Record and provides a closer look into the 2015 CEHRT objectives for the ACI category of MIPS.
2016 QRUR Feedback Report WebinarThis webinar provides a deep-dive analysis into the 2016 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR) provided by CMS.
2017 MACRA Reporting Prep WebinarThis webinar provides an overview of the 2017 reporting options and how you can prepare now for data submission.
2017 MACRA Reporting Prep WebinarThis webinar highlights the changes to the Quality Payment Program made through the Year 2 Final Rule

QPP Year 2 Final Rule Webinar: November 16th at 11AM

On Thursday November 2 CMS released the QPP Year 2 Final Rule. In this 1600 page document, CMS builds off of the MACRA legislation providing flexibility and clarification on the Quality Payment Programs.

Please join us at the Kentucky Regional Extension Center on November 16th at 11 am for a live webinar where will be highlighting the changes to the Quality Payment Program made through the Year 2 Final Rule.

 

Highlights 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

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