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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.




Excerpted and edited from an IU CHIIS article: In May 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) challenged the nationwide Transforming Clinical Practice Initiatives (TCPI) Community to each submit at least two Patient and Family Engagement (PFE) Emerging Stories. 86 stories were submitted, and Great Lakes PTN was awarded as having one of the top 10!

Below are the highlights from GLPTN’s story:

Practice: Fayette Surgical Associates, Lexington, Kentucky, is a vascular surgical group that has provided care to the city of Lexington for over 30 years. They had over 20,000 active patients in their practice in 2017.

Patient and Family Engagement Intervention: Under the guidance of Kentucky REC Quality Improvement Advisor Kelly Fountain, Fayette Surgical Associates identified several areas for cost reduction and quality improvement through data analysis and the use of patient surveys.

Impact: Visit length increased, which improved patient satisfaction and increased the amount of time that patients and clinicians are able to spend with each other. The practice also decreased unnecessary Emergency Department visits by prioritizing post surgery follow-ups. Fayette Surgical also: improved comprehension by simplifying their written handouts to patients; increased usage of their patient portal; and reduced costs.

You can read the original CHIIS GLPTN article here.

Pictured above: GLPTN QIA, Kelly Fountain, Kentucky REC, with the award for Fayette Surgical Associates

Pictured above: Dr. Adkins and Care Team members, Fayette Surgical Associates

Need help with the Quality Payment Program? Contact our Quality Improvement and Practice Transformation experts at Kentucky REC by calling us at 859-323-3090.

Webinar July 12 – Year 2 QPP: How You Can Participate Without an EHR

CMS raised the bar for Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program. In order to avoid a negative payment adjustment, you must now have a minimum score of 15 points (up from last year’s 3 points). In an effort to reduce the burden for small practices across the country, CMS has also raised the eligibility threshold. If you find yourself or your practice on the list of Eligible Clinicians for Year 2, you will have to do more than just submit a test this year to avoid the penalty.

If your practice is without certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT), don’t give up! There are still things you can do to avoid a negative payment adjustment. While use of CEHRT is required to participate in the Promoting Interoperability performance category, this is only one of the four performance categories. The Quality and Improvement Activities categories can both be reported on without an EHR and the fourth category, Cost, does not require submission, and therefore will also count toward your score.

Join us for our upcoming webinar where we will discuss approaches you can take to participate in QPP without a certified EHR.

Webinar – QPP: How You Can Participate Without an EHR

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