KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Events

WEBINAR OCT 27 – QPP YEAR 5: 2021 ATTESTATION PREP

We are now in the last quarter of the QPP Program Year 2021, and need to be aware of the deadlines for regulatory reporting programs. The Quality Payment Program reporting window is open from January 2nd until March 31st 2022.

During the webinar, our team of experts will help you address the final quarter, discuss documentation to retain, and best final efforts at improving performance in Promoting Interoperability and Quality measures. In addition, we will tell where to look to determine program eligibility, and where to report if this is your first year of participation in the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program.

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR: 2021 ATTESTATION PREP
WEDNESDAY OCT 27th 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

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

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR SEPT 22: IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE – CREATING A CATALYST FOR IMPROVEMENT

Performance Year 5, 2021, of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is over halfway over! During our next QPP webinar, Kentucky REC experts will discuss the details of the Improvement Activities (IA) Performance Category to help you make informed decisions for improvement.

The Improvement Activities (IA) Performance Category aligns very well with processes we are already doing to improve our practices. The Final Rule changes for reporting in this category require more preparation and planning than previous years. We will discuss what you should keep in mind as we move toward finishing the 2021 Performance Year, ranging from best practices, to documenting as a large organization, and how to find the right activities for your organization.

QPP Year 5 Webinar: Improvement Activities Performance – Creating a Catalyst for Improvement*
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 12PM ET

*This webinar is for Kentucky REC contracted QPP clients only. If you are interested in this topic and would like to learn more about becoming a client, please contact us at (859)323-3090 or email us at KYRec@uky.edu. We aim to be your trusted healthcare advisor!

FREE WEBINAR AUG 11 – WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT DIABETES

Join UK HealthCare’s Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension Service, and United Healthcare Community Plan as they present:

DIABETES PREVENTION, A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH: EXTENDING THE DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM TO RURAL KENTUCKIANS THROUGH COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

WEDNESDAY AUG 11 12:30 – 1 PM ET

 
Speakers:

Divya B Cantor, MD, MBA, FACOG – Interim Chief Medical Officer – Community & State Medicaid KY – United Healthcare

Tami Ross, RD, LD, MLDE, CDCES, FADCES – Diabetes Education Services and Prevention Program Coordinator – UK Healthcare – Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center

Theresa Renn, BSN, RN, CDCES, MLDE – Director – Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program – Kentucky Department of Health

Mary Luvisi – KY Diabetes Learning Collaborative Director = UK Healthcare – Kentucky Regional Extension Center

Webinar Information: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, or mobile device: https://uky.zoom.us/j/89014166352

For other access methods and further information, download this flyer.

Questions? Contact us atKentucky REC or call us at 859-323-3090.

KHIE 2021 EHEALTH SUMMIT AUG 25 – YEAR OF TRANSFORMATION

Join our partners at KHIE (Kentucky Health Information Exchange) for the 2021 virtual eHealth Summit, as they share the transformation of Health Information Technology (HIT) and KHIE technological enhancements over the past year. As the pandemic exposed new challenges in HIT, KHIE responded by implementing new features and services such as Patient Alert Query Service, Direct Data Entry for labs providing COVID-19 test results, Electronic Case Reporting for reportable diseases, the new Image Exchange, and much more.

Click here to see a full menu of KHIE services.

Highlights of the Day

Dr. Alecia FarleeseKeynote Speaker – 9 am: Dr. Alicia Farlese will provide insight on the state of HIT from a national perspective, with particular emphasis on federal HIT policy changes, and their impact on Kentucky healthcare providers. Dr. Farlese, DNP, RN-BC, is a retired Captain/O-6 and previous senior leader in national health IT policy and programs at the US Department of Health and Human Services, contributing to many health IT regulations, such as the 21st Century Cures Act.

Healthcare Panel 10 am: Commentary on the Role of Health IT Post-Pandemic: Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) across Kentucky will provide insight on the status of Health Information Technology from a state perspective, with particular emphasis on the impact of COVID-19 on Kentucky healthcare providers.

KHIE Service Spotlight 11 am: Social Determinants of Health: KHIE representatives will share how they are partnering with kynect resources, the Commonwealth’s web-based community resource portal, to link Kentuckians to appropriate resources to help mitigate the impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on vulnerable populations in Kentucky.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Analytics: As a result of the evolving COVID-19 reporting requirements, KHIE implemented Direct Lab Data Entry and Electronic Case Reporting to efficiently align with Public Health reporting obligations. KHIE facilitated mandatory COVID-19 test lab reporting through Direct Lab Data Entry and automated the generation and transmission of case reports for reportable conditions through the implementation of Electronic Case Reporting. Learn more about KHIE’s public health efforts during the Analytics Breakout Sessions.

Image Exchange: KHIE’s Image Exchange Service affords healthcare providers the ability to share clinical images, view images in KHIE’s ePartnerViewer, and export images to a destination Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) for viewing in high-resolution. The aim of this service is to provide easy access to diagnostic studies and images. Learn more about KHIE’s Image Exchange and the Image Exchange Pilot Program during the KHIE Services Breakout Sessions.

Telehealth: Donna Veno, Director of the Division of Telehealth Services, will present on Kentucky’s actions to enhance telehealth utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic and how best to regulate telehealth post-pandemic. Areas of discussion include: federal temporary relaxed restrictions; Kentucky actions including new statutes, emergency orders and regulatory guidance related to Medicaid and Health Benefit Plans during the pandemic; and what legislative and regulatory changes are necessary for permanent changes post-pandemic.

HIPAA: It’s not easy to remember all the requirements that come with the HIPAA Security Rule. In this presentation, we will provide a checklist and guidance on various HIPAA security tools and resources that you need readily accessible when it comes to making sure your organization stays compliant. We’ll also take a look at the HIPAA regulatory updates introduced for 2021.

Quality Improvement: Major changes are happening to quality initiatives in 2021, 2022, and beyond, as we watch certain long term programs sunset, and others become more demanding. At the same time, new and upcoming initiatives join to make quality and the expectations on healthcare providers even more complex in the near future. What will the next few years look like? How do you keep up with everything to maximize performance?

2021 eHealth Summit Agenda

Questions? Contact the KHIE Planning Committee at Khie@ky.gov

SAVE THE DATE! DEC 2 – KENTUCKY REC ANNUAL CONFERENCE


SAVE THE DATE! DECEMBER 2, 2021 – Kentucky REC Annual Conference

In Person with a Virtual Option – Lexington Kentucky, Location to be Determined

During our day together, we’ll discuss quality initiatives, HIPAA, Telehealth, and more to ensure that clinicians, hospital administrators, and clinic staff are well prepared for the challenges of modern healthcare.

Details, Agenda, and Registration Coming Soon!

Questions? Contact us at Kentucky REC or call us at 859-323-3090.

QPP WEBINAR AUG 18 – NPRM REVIEW 2022 PROGRAM YEAR

 

The 2022 Program update for the Quality Payment Program has been released in the latest Physician Fee Schedule Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Our experts at the Kentucky REC will host a webinar on all of the updates to the Quality Payment Program MIPS track, and the Alternative Payment Model pathway.

CMS is moving from a siloed approach with individual categories, to a more aligned program using pathways for Alternative Payment Models (APMs). As expected, CMS is also providing more guidance in the MIPS Pathway model. Going forward, the MIPS pathway will include population health measures, promoting interoperability, and other measures that impact chronic health conditions.

During our webinar we will share:

  • proposed updates to the MIPS Pathway model
  • proposed updates to Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
  • the ending of the transition years of the program
  • alterations in quality measures that can be reported
  • changes in who is considered an eligible clinician

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR: 2022 NPRM REVIEW
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Below find links to the Proposed Rule, the fact sheet, and resources for additional information. The comment period for the NPRM closes September 13, 2021.

2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

2022 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule Overview Fact Sheet

Proposed Rule Resources

From CMS: Submit a Formal Comment by September 13

You must officially submit your comments in one of the following ways:
• Electronically, through regulations.gov
• Regular mail
• Express or overnight mail
• Hand or courier

Electronic comments are due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on September 13, 2021 and mailed comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET, September 13, 2021.

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