Kentucky REC News

Webinar January 14: 2019 HIPAA Security Risk Analysis

Healthcare organizations are a prime target of cybercrime, which is on the rise. This fact alone makes performing a HIPAA security risk analysis and following mitigation steps an imperative part of regular medical practice operations, beyond just complying with federal regulations.

On January 14th at 12pm EST, Kentucky Regional Extension Center experts will host a webinar on aspects of a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis in 2019. We will discuss methods to comply with federal regulations, protect practices from security breaches, and remediate breaches if they occur. You will learn to use these methods to understand threats and vulnerabilities, how to develop and revise policies to mitigate risks, train staff, and more.

Webinar: 2019 HIPAA Security Risk Analysis
onday January 14  12 – 1 p.m. ET

For more information about our HIPAA Security Risk Analysis and Project Management Services, contact our experts at 859-323-3090.

Webinar Dec. 5 – KY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (Promoting Interoperability): Preparing for MU 2018 Attestations and 2019 Stage 3 for Eligible Professionals

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and it will soon be time to submit your Meaningful Use attestations. Join us for our upcoming webinar as we discuss: how to prepare for Medicaid attestations; suggested documents to retain; and Stage 3 objectives 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 the experts at Kentucky REC help you be prepared and organized with all of the information needed to submit your Meaningful Use attestation. This will ensure that you have the list of items needed to upload with your attestation and will save you time. Register now to learn more.

Webinar December 5  – KY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (Promoting Interoperability): Preparing for MU 2018 Attestations and 2019 Stage 3 for Eligible Professionals

Wednesday December 5 12-1 p.m. ET

Contact our team of expert advisors at Kentucky REC with any Promoting Interoperability (Meaningful Use) questions or by phone: 859-323-3090

Webinar Nov 29: Quality Payment Program CMS Final Rule for Year 3

CMS released the highly anticipated Quality Payment Program Year 3 Final Rule for Calendar Year 2019 on November 1st. Numerous changes were made, including expanding the list of eligible clinicians to physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, clinical psychologists, registered dieticians, and nutrition professionals.

“The historic reforms CMS finalized today move us closer to a healthcare system that delivers better care for Americans at lower cost,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar. “Among other advances, improving how CMS pays for drugs and for physician visits will help deliver on two HHS priorities: bringing down the cost of prescription drugs and creating a value-based healthcare system that empowers patients and providers.”

This final rule will impact and shape the Quality Payment Program Calendar Year 2019 and beyond. Join the Kentucky Regional Extension Center on Thursday November 29th for our live webinar. We will explain the major changes to the Quality Payment Program and how they might impact your practice in Program Year 3. Prior to the webinar, consider sending us any questions you have for us to include in the webinar.

Webinar November 29 – QPP Year 3: Final Rule 2019
Thursday November 29 12-1 p.m. ET

PFS/MACRA/Quality Payment Program 2019 Final Rule.
The Year 3 final rule overview fact sheet and executive summary produced by CMS can be found here.

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

Hospital Webinar November 19 – Medicare Promoting Interoperability

It is essential for representatives of Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals to know the steps to take for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly Meaningful Use) for Program Year 2018 and beyond. You will want to stay on top of monitoring your reports and progress to ensure that your hospital avoids a negative Medicare payment adjustment.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the Fiscal Year 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule. In this ruling, CMS adopted policies to continue the advancement of CEHRT utilization, focusing on burden reduction, interoperability, and patient access to their health information. We’ll outline the Stage 3 changes contained within the final rule and provide a review of the Modified Stage 2 requirements during our informative webinar on Monday, November 19th.

Register now and let us help you succeed in meeting your Promoting Interoperability goals.

The Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for Hospitals

Monday, November 19, 2 – 3 PM ET

Contact us at Kentucky REC with your questions. Our team of experts is always here to help: 859-323-3090.

The PILL PODCAST EPISODE 2 – A Physician’s Perspective

In the second episode of The PILL Podcast, we interview Dr. Chris Yost, Medical Director for Ambulatory Quality at UK HealthCare, Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Co-Chair of the UK HealthCare MACRA steering committee. Dr. Yost brings a unique perspective as he leads the initiatives to improve quality and value in a large academic medical center. He not only plays a key role in UK HealthCare’s preparation for value-based payment and quality improvement, but he is also a practicing physician. This makes him better able to handle the key issues of physician buy-in and engagement, which are required for true organizational transformation. He also discusses the journey of leading the charge for Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition and discusses how this designation helps lay a strong foundation for the larger quality improvement infrastructure.

Episode 2: Dr. Chris Yost – A Physician’s Perspective


In case you missed them, visit this blog post about our previous episodes.

Contact Kentucky REC with your questions regarding the Quality Payment Program. Our team of experts is here to help. Phone 859-323-3090. For specific Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices, visit our online resource center.