KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Webinar Dec 14 – QPP Year Six: 2023 Final Rule Overview

Webinar Dec 14 – QPP Year Six: 2023 Final Rule Overview

On November 1, 2023, CMS released upcoming programmatic changes for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program. This rule includes significant impacts and implications to the Medicare Shared Savings Program for ACOs, major performance category updates, and the future of the this program. Our experts will share an in depth analysis on how this legislation will influence the landscape of value-based care.

QPP Year 6 Webinar: Final Rule Overview*
Wednesday Dec 14, 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!

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.

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!

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!