Our QPP Experts will present the next installment of the Applying Data Validation Series on the Cost Performance Category. We will talk through steps you can take now, as well as after you receive the official performance feedback from CMS for the 2020 program year, due to come out in July. This will help you understand and use the cost performance feedback to help identify targeted populations and interventions to improve not only your quality, but drive down cost. Join us now and be prepared for your feedback reports this summer!


Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:00 PM 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 Kentucky REC. We aim to be your trusted healthcare advisor!

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


Webinar – Key Aspects to an Effective HIPAA Compliance Program in a Virtual World
Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:00 PM ET

Our experts will discuss what comprises an effective HIPAA Compliance Program and how to adapt to the current Healthcare environment during and after the national emergency.

We will highlight the importance of and requirements for staying HIPAA compliant in terms of Privacy and Security. We’ll go over the definitions of safeguards including Administrative, Technical and Physical and will break down an effective compliance program into 6 basic categories including:

  • Security Risk Analysis
  • Policies and Procedures – Administrative, Physical and Technical
  • HIPAA Training & Education
  • Business Associate Tracking
  • Incident Tracking
  • Mitigation Planning

Our team will also discuss the current threats posed to the healthcare environment including recent breach reports, ransomware attacks, and other hot topics surrounding HIPAA security.

Call 859-323-3090 or email Kentucky REC HIPAA Privacy and Security experts with your questions, or if you want to talk to an advisor to schedule a Security Risk Analysis with us this year.


Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaborative
Award Announcement

UK Healthcare’s Kentucky Regional Extension Center, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program are pleased to announce chosen practices to participate in the year-long Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaborative (DLC) funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant focus is to improve diabetes clinical outcomes.

Selected participants:
• Bluegrass Internal Medicine – Owensboro, Kentucky
• Grace Health – Corbin, Kentucky
• HMH Primary Care – Cynthiana, Kentucky
• Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance (Little Flower Clinic) – Hazard, Kentucky
• Monroe County Medical Center – Tompkinsville, KY
• Owensboro Health – Owensboro, Kentucky
• Shawnee Christian Healthcare – Louisville, Kentucky

These practices represent over 19 health care locations, 73 health care providers, and over 6,000 adult patients with diabetes.

The goal of the Diabetes Learning Collaborative is to assist health care organizations in making “breakthrough” increases in the adoption and use of clinical systems and care practices to improve health outcomes in people with diabetes.

Targeted clinical outcomes will include improvement in glycemic and blood pressure control. Targeted clinical system changes will include clinical decision support within the electronic health record (EHR) for Diabetes Self-management Education and Support (DSMES) referral, the establishment of bi-directional referral processes with DSMES providers, and other evidence-based care practices. Clinical participants will track referrals for DSMES, A1C and blood pressure values, and other clinical measures selected by participating practices.

The structure for this collaborative learning will be based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Breakthrough Series. At the heart of this approach are three models. The Learning Model makes participating practices part of a network of experts and fellow-learners. The Chronic Care Model, (developed by Ed Wagner MD, MPH, and former Director of the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation), outlines all the elements of good chronic care. The Model for Improvement enables teams to rapidly test and implement changes to improve care.

Starting in May 2021, participants will join in conference calls, in person meetings, peer site visits, hands on technical assistance, and webinars with experts and other organizations in the collaborative.

Please join us in congratulating these practices for being selected to participate in this innovative project to improve the health of Kentucky residents.


We are in the midst of the final year of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program: PY2021. The August 31, 2021 deadline is much earlier than all previous years. Along with the early deadline, the required responses to COVID-19 have made it difficult for many practices to achieve Promoting Interoperability. Therefore it is crucial to know exactly what is required, and the important objectives that need your attention.

We plan to have a guest speaker from a Kentucky practice who will share their best practices, and guidance on what has helped them be successful this past year. Besides the guest speaker, topics will include: program requirements, stage 3 measures, and important next steps. We are here to assist all eligible providers earn this final year’s incentive money.

Let us help you be prepared and successful when tackling Stage 3. Register now to learn more.

Webinar: KY Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (MU) for EPs: Preparing for PY2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 pm ET


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


Would you like to improve outcomes for your patients with Diabetes?

Be a part of our 14 month long collaborative hosted by the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. The Diabetes Learning Collaborative is for Healthcare Practices, FQHCs, RHCs, Hospitals, Health Departments looking for new ways to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. Participants will work together to learn from leading experts in the field, as well as each other.

Fill out an application to become part of our 2021-2022 KY Diabetes Learning Collaborative!

Application Deadline: March 30, 2021
Decisions Announcement: April 2, 2021
First Learning Session: June 15-17, 2021

The first learning session will be virtual half days 1 – 5 PM ET on June 15-17, 2021.

Contact us Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090 to request information, or fill out the APPLICATION.

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

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR APRIL 28 – 2021 Eligibility

The first quarter of the 2021 QPP Performance Period is already over! Now is a great time to dig in to the 2021 Eligibility of your clinician(s) and/or group. CMS looks at a handful of key areas to determine eligibility within the Quality Payment Program, and it can be very useful information to help you be a high performer within the program, regardless of your chosen track.

Our expert advisors will show you:

  • each of the steps that CMS takes to determine eligibility
  • where to find the specific reporting requirements of your clinician(s) and/or group
  • how to use opt-in eligibility to maximize your reimbursement potential on Medicare Part B Claims
  • other key components tied to eligibility

All of the criteria and information in this webinar is important for success in 2021, so you won’t want to miss out! Join our experts as we provide guidance on how to find this information, and how to use it to your advantage, as we venture through the 2021 Performance Year!

QPP Year 5 Webinar: 2021 Eligibility
Wednesday April 28 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.