KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Events

JOIN THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY: A CALL TO ACTION FOR KENTUCKY PROVIDERS

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.

Join us as we bring together providers from across the Commonwealth to be part of a Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare and Kentucky REC, where mental health experts will share ideas and best practices to optimize care for Kentuckians.

The Community of Practice format is monthly one-hour webinars October 2022 through May 2023 from noon – 1 pm.
The webinars will connect primary care providers, specialists and organizations through learning sessions where behavioral health experts will present best practices, interactive trainings, group discussions, tools, and resources to optimize care.

Participants:
• Adult primary care, internal medicine, and pediatric primary care providers and staff
• Community mental health center providers and staff
• Community-based organizations
• State agencies
• Other behavioral health partners

Community of Practice participation is free and Mental Health First Aid Training classes will be offered on a first come first served basis.

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.

WEBINAR AUG 31 – ADVANTAGES OF INCORPORATING THE PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME MODEL

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the advantages of incorporating a PCMH Model into your practice. We will do a quick overview of each distinction and then discuss health improvements, practice and staff benefits, as well as financial advantages. We will share a practice manager’s perspective of NCQA Recognition, and how the KY REC assisted them in becoming a PCMH Recognized organization.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition program provides a roadmap for achieving excellence in patient care. This national model for practice transformation helps practices improve in areas of patient-centeredness, access, communication, care coordination, quality, and efficiency. Kentucky REC expert advisors have years of experience in assisting practices to achieve and maintain NCQA’s PCMH Recognition through a transformation program. This program includes step by step education, gap analyses, documentation review and feedback, advice on overcoming transformation barriers, application guidance, the submission process, and more.

Advantages of Incorporating the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model into an Organization
 
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

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

WEBINAR AUGUST 17 – QPP YEAR 6: NPRM 2023 OVERVIEW

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule for the 2023 performance year (PY) and beyond, on Thursday, July 7th, 2022. This notice for proposed rulemaking impacts not only the Quality Payment Program (QPP) but also proposes changes to the PFS, potentially expanding access to behavioral health services, ACOs, cancer screening, and dental care in rural and underserved areas.

Our experts at the Kentucky Regional Extension Center will host a webinar on August 17th at 12pm ET highlighting the proposed updates to the Quality Payment Program, including proposed changes to: MIPS Value Pathways (MVP), Traditional MIPS, Alternative Payment Model (APM) Performance Pathways (APP), and Advanced APMs.

Join us as we explore these programmatic challenges, and how to turn them into opportunities for improvement when you partner with the expert advisors at the Kentucky Regional Extension Center.

QPP YEAR 6 WEBINAR: 2023 NPRM OVERVIEW
 
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17th 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

To access the CMS Proposed Rule, press release, and additional resources, please follow the links below:

2023 Proposed Rule
CMS Press Release – Provides additional details about the proposed policies for QPP and other CMS initiatives; this page includes the following resources and links:

  • 2023 Overview Fact Sheet – Outlines proposed revisions to QPP and the list of requests for information (RFIs) included in the 2023 PFS NPRM
  • 2023 Policy Comparison Table – Showcases the changes to QPP policies proposed in the 2023 PFS NPRM, in comparison to the existing policy; this includes appendices which identify policies previously finalized for the 2023 performance year and specifies the quality measures and improvement activities proposed for addition and removal; it also inncludes appendices which identify policies previously finalized for MVP reporting in the 2023 performance year
  • 2023 Proposed MVPs Guide – Includes the 5 newly proposed MVPs and the corresponding measures for the 2023 performance year

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

QPP YEAR SIX WEBINAR JULY 20: 2022 COST CATEGORY

The increased Cost Category weighting has made this category equal to Quality in importance and often one of the most challenging to understand. While CMS has elected to issue the hardship exception to all clinicians for the past two program years due to Covid-19, we don’t expect to see that blanket application for Program Year 2022. This could be the first year for many providers to be evaluated on any one of the 25 cost measures available for eligible clinician and group scoring.

Join us on July 20th as we review some of the new measures, explain the attribution and evaluation process, and discuss how the cost category can be reweighted this year and in years to come.

QPP Year 6 Webinar: Optimizing Cost for Alignment*
Wednesday, July 20, 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!

SAVE THE DATE! HYBRID DEC 8 2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – WITH KHIE

SAVE THE DATE! DECEMBER 8, 2022 – Kentucky REC Annual Conference – With KHIE

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

Details, Agenda, and Registration Coming Soon!

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

QPP YEAR 6 WEBINAR JUNE 16: OPTIMIZING IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR ALIGNMENT

We are nearly halfway through QPP Performance Year 6 and practices are working hard to maximize their performance in the QPP. Our next client webinar will focus on the Improvement Activities (IA) category. Join us to learn how your practice can optimize your performance, and align improvement activities with the work you are already doing.

Our panel of knowledgeable advisors will discuss how to select activities that are meaningful to your practice. We will also review IA changes for 2022, documentation requirements, and timelines to help you reach optimal IA scoring.

QPP Year 6 Webinar: Optimizing Improvement Activities for Alignment*
Thursday, June 16, 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!