KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Events

Webinar Oct 21 – QPP Year Six: Preparing for the Transition to APMs through MVPs

Over the course of the next several performance years, MIPS as we know it is expected to sunset. This change leaves Eligible Clinicians and Groups with one of two options for participation in the Quality Payment Program: MVPs (MIPS Value Pathway) or APP (APM Performance Pathway). Yes, this last one is an acronym nested in another acronym.

Several MVPs have been finalized, with additional pathways proposed for implementation starting with Program Year 2023 and beyond. It is anticipated that even more pathways will develop in the coming years to reflect an array of options for primary care & specialty clinicians to meaningfully participate in the Quality Payment Program.

MVPs are designed as a bridge to Alternative Payment Models and Advanced APMs. Both encourage clinicians and organizations to focus on a population of patients and/or episodes of care, or specific medical conditions. Ultimately both the APP and MVP are pathways that align enhanced quality of care, improved patient outcomes, and healthcare costs to meet CMS’s definition of value.
Our team of advisors will present an overview of finalized and proposed updates to MVPs and APMs. In the webinar we’ll discuss how the KY REC can help you weigh considerations for MVP adoption and develop strategies for APM preparedness.

QPP YEAR 6 WEBINAR: Preparing for the Transition to APMs through MVPs
FRIDAY OCTOBER 21 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.

Oct 6 – First Behavioral Health Community of Practice – Panel Discussion

Webinars and Resources

Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, connects primary care providers, specialists and organizations through learning sessions where behavioral health experts will present best practices, tools and resources to optimize care.

The format of the Community of Practice is monthly one-hour webinars October 2022 through May 2023 from noon – 1 pm. The webinars will include educational sessions, best practice overviews, interactive trainings on tools and resources, and group discussions.

The pandemic has worsened the behavioral health challenges Kentuckians face, and more solutions are needed to address this mounting problem. It’s more important now than ever to share knowledge and best practices among providers along the behavioral health care continuum. In order to address this demand, UK HealthCare and community-based organizations are working together to improve behavioral health in the commonwealth.

The purpose of the Behavioral Health Community of Practice is to:
• Leverage UK HealthCare and community experts to help fill care gaps
• Support primary care providers
• Create a venue for conversation around local needs
• Allow for bi-directional problem solving

Panel Discussion October 6

How to Implement Mental Health First Aid in a Practice Setting

 

Meet the Panelists

Lindsey Jasinski, Chief Administrative Officer at Eastern State Hospital/Central Kentucky Recovery Center

Dr. Jasinski is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been with UK Healthcare since 2010, serving in various clinical and leadership roles in the Department of Psychiatry and Eastern State Hospital. She has served as the Chief Administrative Officer at Eastern State Hospital/Central Kentucky Recovery Center since October 2021. Previously, she served as the Director of Psychology Services and Program Director for Acquired Brain Injury services at Eastern State Hospital, Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychiatry engaging in clinical work, research, and teaching. She completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and Master’s in Health Administration in 2021, both from the University of Kentucky.
She has significant experience with program development, directing clinical operations, and integration of research and clinical practice to improve outcomes. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and American College of Healthcare Executives.

Meet the Panelists

Katherine Jury, Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health, Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor/Coordinator

Katherine Jury is a Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health at the University of Kentucky, with nine years of experience in the field of community health education. In her current role, she provides evidence-based resources that empower Kentuckians to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life.

Katherine graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science, and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in Family Science. Additionally, Katherine holds Professional Certifications in Trauma and Resilience from Florida State University and is a nationally ranked Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Coordinator.

Meet the Panelists

Kristen Truty,
Prevention Specialist-New Vista

Kristen graduated with her BS in Public Health from Eastern Kentucky University in 2021. She joined New Vista as a Prevention Specialist. In her time in this role, she has received certifications in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention, Prime for Life (Underage DUI Educational Program), and Youth Mental Health First AID. Her professional goals are to promote mental health care, and reduce substance use among Kentuckians, including early intervention in youth substance use education. She is currently attending Graduate School at the University of the Cumberlands, where she is working to obtain a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

OCTOBER 2022

Session 1 – Thursday Oct. 6th
Noon — 1:00 pm ET

Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid & Community Support Systems
  • Panel Discussion: How to Implement Mental Health First Aid in a Practice Setting

Visit HERE for more information and to register for the first three webinars.

To learn more, visit THIS UK HealthCare web page.

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

Join Us Oct 6 – The First Behavioral Health Community of Practice

Webinars and Resources

Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, will connect primary care providers, specialists and organizations through learning sessions where behavioral health experts will present best practices, tools and resources to optimize care.

The format of the Community of Practice is monthly one-hour webinars October 2022 through May 2023 from noon – 1 pm. The webinars will include educational sessions, best practice overviews, interactive trainings on tools and resources, and group discussions.

Meet the Speakers

Facilitator and Speaker – Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, UKHC

Trudi Matthews serves as Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UK HealthCare, the health system of the University of Kentucky (UK). In this role, Trudi works with UK HealthCare’s executive team and ambulatory leadership to ensure success in value-based programs for Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers. Trudi also serves as government affairs and policy lead for UK HealthCare overseeing a team responsible for reviewing and analyzing state and federal government policy initiatives.

Presentation: Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

The pandemic has worsened the behavioral health challenges Kentuckians face, and more solutions are needed to address this mounting problem. It’s more important now than ever to share knowledge and best practices among providers along the behavioral health care continuum. In order to address this demand, UK HealthCare and community-based organizations are working together to improve behavioral health in the commonwealth.

The purpose of the Behavioral Health Community of Practice is to:
• Leverage UK HealthCare and community experts to help fill care gaps
• Support primary care providers
• Create a venue for conversation around local needs
• Allow for bi-directional problem solving

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – Katherine Jury, Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health, Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor/Coordinator

Katherine Jury is a Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health at the University of Kentucky, with nine years of experience in the field of community health education. In her current role, she provides evidence-based resources that empower Kentuckians to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life.

Katherine graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science, and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in Family Science. Additionally, Katherine holds Professional Certifications in Trauma and Resilience from Florida State University and is a nationally ranked Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Coordinator.

Presentation: Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

As the number of American adults experiencing mental health challenges continues to rise, the question of “What can we do?” continues to pervade conversations- in education, in healthcare, and in communities as a whole. This presentation gives a concrete answer to that question: a resource to equip adults in every facet of society to be able to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge.

OCTOBER 2022

Session 1 – Thursday Oct. 6th
Noon — 1:00 pm ET

Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid & Community Support Systems
  • Panel Discussion: Using Mental Health First Aid in practice

Visit HERE for more information and to register for the first three webinars.

To learn more, visit THIS UK HealthCare web page.

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

DEC 8 Kentucky REC Annual Conference Featured Speaker: Coach Colene

2022 Annual meeting website
Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speaker – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center 

We are pleased to be hosting our Annual Conference as a HYBRID event to give our participants the option to attend either in person* or virtually.

This year, for the first time, registrants will have access to additional content videos on our event website and app.

FEATURED SPEAKER: COACH COLENE – EMERGING ON THE OTHER SIDE

Coach Colene will share ways to acknowledge how tough the past two and a half years have been, celebrate what you’ve been able to achieve, and help you figure out how to keep moving forward with energy and intention.

About Coach Colene, Be More Consulting

Due to her experience and skills in HR, Colene Elridge came to be known as “the fixer” – she’s called to help organizations and leaders create better workplaces, productive teams, and aligned results. Her career in government focused on Affirmative Action, EEO, and Diversity. She was a successful investigator of harassment and discrimination complaints and implemented strategies that resulted in more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

She is the CEO of Be More Consulting, a boutique agency designed to support organizations in creating cultures of inclusion, and developing women leaders. Her first book, Monday Morning Pep Talks, was named by Success Magazine as a top book for professional women. Colene is the founder of EmpowHer Conference, a women’s leadership event that focuses on building women into leaders both at work and in their lives.

Colene has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Transylvania University, where she currently serves on the Board of Regents, and an MBA from Sullivan University. She loves yoga, her family, movies, and laughing!

Kentucky REC Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, December 8

8:30 —Registration
9:00 — Welcome
9:10 — Quality Improvement - Kentucky REC Quality Experts

Managing Change in Healthcare: From Theory to Reality – Jessica Elliott & Kelly Fountain, Kentucky REC

10:10 — Behavioral Health

Strategies to Address the Behavioral Health Crisis: Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, and Ginny Gottschalk, MD – UK HealthCare

11:10 — Break/Networking
11:25 — Kentucky Health Information Technology in 2023
Andrew Bledsoe, Deputy Executive Director, KHIE
11:45 — Lunch/Networking
12:45 — Special Guest Speaker Coach Colene, Be More Consulting

Emerging on the Other Side

2:15 — Break/Networking
2:30 — Medicare Promoting Interoperability for Hospitals

Robin Curnel, Kentucky REC

3:00 — Strong HIPAA Safeguards are the Key for Protection Against Ransomware
Amy Daley, Kentucky REC
4:00 — Wrap-up

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

*Kentucky REC will follow current UK HealthCare COVID guidelines for our in person event.

QPP YEAR SIX WEBINAR SEPT 22: PREPARING FOR MIPS VALUE PATHWAYS

CMS is addressing feedback from the past few years from clinicians and stakeholders about the complexity of the MIPS program. They aim to reduce unnecessary components to help streamline the MIPS program requirements and reduce clinician burden. Their goal is to move away from “siloed” reporting measures and activities, toward sets of measures and activities that are more aligned with a practice, specialty, or patient population of the clinician who provides care.

CMS’s solution is MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs). These are a subset of measures and activities, created through rulemaking, that can be used to meet MIPS reporting requirements beginning in the 2023 performance year. This change represents drastic shift in the way clinicians participate in MIPS, and will soon be the required manner by which clinicians will have to report for the MIPS program.

Our team of advisors will present an in-depth review of the MVP options and potential requirements for the 2023 performance year. We will explore options and different ways to optimize your performance with this new method to submit data for the Quality Payment Program.

QPP Year 6 Webinar: Preparing for MVPs – Understanding Pathway Options and Performance Optimization*
Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 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!

INFORMATIONAL MEETING AUG 25 – DIABETES PREVENTION LEARNING COLLABORATIVE

The Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH) is embarking on our third Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaborative with the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (KY REC) to improve clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes. We are also hosting a full Diabetes Prevention Learning Collaborative to improve outcomes for patients with prediabetes.

Diabetes Prevention Learning Collaborative
Informal Call for Interested Practices and Providers
Thursday, August 25, 2022 12-1 pm EST

Contact us for the ZOOM Link and more information at (859) 323-3090 or email us at KYRec@uky.edu.

The purpose of the informational call is to provide an overview of the 2023 Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaborative 3 starting in February 2023 and Kentucky Diabetes Prevention Learning Collaborative starting in January 2023.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be a Kentucky based health care location
  • Have 100-300 adult patients with diabetes or prediabetes
  • Must have time and motivation to participate in a year long project
  • Deadline for interested practices to apply is September 9, 2022

Our previous Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaboratives were very successful despite the pressures of the pandemic. Applicants chosen to participate can receive up to $6,000 in practice payments based on meeting certain project deliverables. Not only can you improve outcomes for your patients with diabetes or prediabetes but you can also improve your eCQM, HEDIS, UDS, QPP or MIPS score around diabetes.

Information on Diabetes Learning Collaborative
Application for Diabetes Learning Collaborative
Information on Pre-diabetes Learning Collaborative
Application for Pre-diabetes Learning Collaborative

Contact us for the ZOOM Link and more information at (859) 323-3090 or email us at KYRec@uky.edu.