May 23, 2023
Join us as our team discusses NCQA’s Annual Reporting requirement and the necessary steps to complete this in order to maintain recognition. You will learn a suggested Annual Reporting time frame to follow, data and documentation requirements, and how to submit the information to NCQA.
Also, in 2024 NCQA will start requiring practices seeking or renewing their recognition status to report a full calendar year of Standardized Measures. We will share the list of available eCQMs, reporting options, and potential exceptions as you begin preparing for this transition in PCMH recognition.
PCMH/PCSP Annual Reporting & Standardized Measurement
THURSDAY JUNE 29 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.
May 9, 2023
Kentucky REC expert advisors are hosting a webinar on the Medicare Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals. We will review the 2023 Medicare PI requirements and highlight the recently released FY 2024 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.
MEDICARE PROMOTING INTEROPERABILITY PROGRAM FOR HOSPITALS
WEDNESDAY JUNE 7 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Historical Background of the Program:
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 mandated that CMS incentivize hospitals to adopt, implement, and upgrade certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) and demonstrate meaningful use. In response, the EHR Incentive Program, (formerly known as Meaningful Use), was first introduced in 2011 under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. CMS implemented the program in progressively more difficult stages and initially offered incentive payments to participants. The incentives continued through 2016 for most hospitals, depending on which year they started in the program.
Although the incentive phase of the program ended long ago, hospitals must continue to participate in the program each year to avoid a downward Medicare financial adjustment.
As we progressed through Stages 1, 2 and 3, CMS maintained their underlying focus on the adoption and implementation of CEHRT through an evolution of objectives, measures, and electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) tailored to meet their goals. More recently, CMS overhauled the program, improving flexibility, relieving burden, and placing emphasis on measures that require the electronic exchange of health information between providers and patients. CMS shifted their focus to interoperability and improving patient access to health information. These changes moved the program beyond the previously existing requirements into a new phase of EHR measurement.
The Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program, as you know it today, includes a set of objectives, measures, eCQMs, and other requirements that together define whether a hospital has met the minimum standards to be considered a meaningful user. Hospitals that do not meet the minimum program requirements, meaning they’re not meaningful users of CEHRT, receive a downward payment adjustment.
Contact the experts at Kentucky REC with all your Promoting Interoperability questions. We’re here to help: 859-323-3090.
Apr 19, 2023
Security incident response and reporting is a required standard of the HIPAA Security Rule. All covered entities are required to have security incident procedures in place. Ransomware is the #1 security threat for all healthcare organizations, making this security standard more important than ever.
During our time together, Kentucky REC HIPAA experts will provide guidance and templates for creating a security incident response plan, which focuses on a cyberattack. Participants will be provided copies of cyber plan templates.
HIPAA WEBINAR – SECURITY INCIDENT RESPONSE & REPORTING: CREATING A PLAN (Open to Public)
WEDNESDAY MAY 10 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Contact the experts at Kentucky REC with all your HIPAA Privacy and Security questions. We’re here to help: 859-323-3090.
Apr 14, 2023
Register now for The Kentucky Asthma Partnership’s (KAP) 2023 Asthma Symposium: Asthma and Appalachia: An Old Disease in a Changing World.
This FREE one-day educational even is designed for healthcare professionals and others concerned about reducing the burden of asthma in Kentucky. Registration is required for this free event.
Continuing education credits are available for Physicians, Pharmacy, Nurses, CHWs and Respiratory Therapists
Date: May 12, 2023
Location: Appalachian Wireless Arena, Pikeville, KY
More details and registration are in this event FLYER.
Apr 14, 2023
The Kentucky Regional Extension Center and the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (KDPH) Kentucky Asthma Management Program (KAMP) are partnering to improve clinical outcomes for patients with asthma within the state of Kentucky. This collaboration, funded by a CDC grant, will work to expand awareness of and access to Asthma Self-Management Education (AS-ME) resources within local service areas to help drive internal quality improvement and community engagement.
The CDC and KDPH are offering up to $50,000 per year, for up to two years, to each selected participant as part of this partnership to help offset the costs associated with this work.
This opportunity is open to any hospital or healthcare system in the state of Kentucky willing to enhance or expand access to AS-ME resources.
Contact Kentucky REC to find out more about this exciting program. We’re here to help: 859-323-3090.