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FREE DINNER WORKSHOP: DIABETES CARE – BOWLING GREEN JUNE 19

Kentucky REC is excited to host a FREE DINNER WORKSHOP in Bowling Green on June 19th!

Dr. Laura Hieronymous – Presentation Title: The Efficacy of Education in the Diabetes Treatment Plan
  • Diabetic Self-Management Education & Support
  • Medical Nutrition
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program

Real-time Diabetes Education Outcomes with Q&A
Innovative Education Project: County Extension Diabetes Prevention Project Pilot

 

Dr. Hieronymous, Associate Director, Education & Quality Service at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare, is a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Her expertise includes patient and family education across the lifespan for individuals addressing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, as well as diabetes and pregnancy.

 

ALIGNING CARE AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS: CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES

June 19  5:00 – 8:00 PM Bowling Green at The Knicely Center WKU

This activity has been approved for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
 

Click here for a Detailed Agenda

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

2019 HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION SURVIVAL SEMINAR SERIES – LEXINGTON, BOWLING GREEN & PADUCAH

Join us for our 2019 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar Series!

During our day together we’ll discuss quality improvement techniques, the Quality Payment Program, and more to ensure that clinicians, hospital administrators and clinic staff in the state of Kentucky are well prepared for the changing healthcare landscape.

This event will explore: QPP Year 3, Implementing Quality Improvement in your Practice, Quality Measure Improvement, Improving Quality through Feedback Report Alignment, Telehealth, HIPAA Security Risk Analysis and Vulnerability Scanning, Promoting Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange.

Lunch is provided to all participants.

This activity has been approved for 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

All events will start at 9:00 am for registration and end at 3:10 pm local time.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

June 13, 2019 – Lexington, KY – The Lexington Center Heritage Ballroom
9:00 AM – 3:10 PM EST

 

June 20, 2019 – Bowling Green, KY – The Knicely Center
9:00 AM – 3:10 PM CST

 

June 21, 2019 – Paducah, KY – Baptist Health Heart Center Auditorium
9:00 AM – 3:10 PM CST

Questions? Email Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090.

 

KHIE Kentucky Health Information Exchange Qsource 

WEBINAR MAY 23 – QPP YEAR 3: PUBLIC REPORTING – PHYSICIAN COMPARE

In Spring 2019, for the first time ever, MIPS data will be available to the public. What information will be published on the CMS Physician Compare Website? We all know about Hospital Compare, which provides metrics and ratings for our local hospitals. You have the ability to select multiple hospitals and see their numbers side by side so that you can make better decisions about where you receive care. The CMS Physician Compare website is going to operate similarly, and your MIPS performance is going to factor into how you will be compared with other physicians. There is already a version of the website drawn from PQRS data. You can see the year the physician graduated, whether or not they use an EHR, and if they submitted quality metrics.

During our webinar we’ll share what we expect to see added by this summer. By being aware of what will be posted about clinicians, we can ensure that performance and quality is represented appropriately in the public space. This new change is expected to have a strong impact in the Quality Payment Program. Join us to learn more.

Webinar – QPP Year 3: Public Reporting – Physician Compare

Thursday May 23, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Contact us at Kentucky REC with your questions about the Quality Payment Program. Our team of experts is here to help: 859-323-3090

WEBINAR JUNE 4 – QPP YEAR 3: PATHWAYS TO AVOID A PENALTY

In order to avoid a negative payment adjustment in the MIPS track of QPP Year 3, an eligible clinician or group must achieve a minimum of 30 points for 2019. CMS has raised the bar from the previous 15 point minimum, making it imperative to do more than just submit Improvement Activities to avoid the penalty. In an effort to reduce the burden for small practices, CMS also raised the eligibility threshold.

What if you are without a certified electronic health record (CEHRT)? Don’t give up! There are still paths you can take to avoid the penalty under MIPS. While use of CEHRT is required to participate in the Promoting Interoperability Performance Category, it is only one of the four performance categories. The Quality, Improvement Activities, and Cost categories can all be reported on without the use of an EHR to meet and exceed the 30-point minimum threshold.

Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program provides some additional flexibility to avoid negative payment adjustments. Reweighting and hardship applications are just some of the ways to help you avoid a penalty. Reweighting offers eligible clinicians (with the exception of Physicians) the opportunity to reach and exceed the minimum final score threshold. In addition to reweighting, hardship applications are available for very specific instances that may be applicable to some providers.

During our discussion, we’ll also provide tips and proven tools to manage the program and improve your score.

Webinar – QPP Year 3: Pathways to Avoid a Penalty

Tuesday June 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Contact us at Kentucky REC with your questions about the Quality Payment Program. Our team of experts is here to help: 859-323-3090.

SPEAKER ANNOUNCED! FREE DINNER WORKSHOPS: DIABETES CARE – HAZARD MAY 14 & BOWLING GREEN JUNE 19

Kentucky REC is excited to announce an expert presenter for our FREE DINNER WORKSHOPS in Hazard on May 14th and Bowling Green on June 19th!

Dr. Laura Hieronymous – Presentation Title: The Efficacy of Education in the Diabetes Treatment Plan
  • Diabetic Self-Management Education & Support
  • Medical Nutrition
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program

Dr. Hieronymous, Associate Director, Education & Quality Service at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare, is a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Her expertise includes patient and family education across the lifespan for individuals addressing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, as well as diabetes and pregnancy.

ALIGNING CARE AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS: CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES

May 14   5:00 – 8:00 PM in Hazard at The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health
June 19  5:00 – 8:00 PM in Bowling Green at The Knicely Center WKU

FREE WORKSHOP SERIES: DIABETES MANAGEMENT AND OPIOID USE DISORDER

JOIN Kentucky REC and UnitedHealthcare for our FREE DINNER WORKSHOP series!
These activities have been approved for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

ALIGNING CARE AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS: CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES

Speaker:
Dr. Laura Hieronymous, Associate Director, Education & Quality Service at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare
Presentation Title: The Efficacy of Education in the Diabetes Treatment Plan

  • Diabetic Self-Management Education & Support
  • Medical Nutrition
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program
May 14   5:00 – 8:00 PM in Hazard at The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health

Detailed Agenda Here

June 19  5:00 – 8:00 PM in Bowling Green at The Knicely Center WKU

Detailed Agenda Here

 

ALIGNING CARE AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS: CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH OPIOID USE DISORDER

May 13  5:00 – 8:00 PM in Pikeville at The Hilton Garden Inn

Detailed Agenda Here
Speakers:
Devin Oller, MD – Assistant Professor of Medicine at UK Healthcare
Tyler Jennings, FindHelpNowKY.org, and Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
Pat Tucci, RN Director of Specialty Substance Use Programs – bluegrass.org

Workshop Focus Areas:

      • The use of MAT in primary care practice-setting
      • Non-pharmacological treatment interventions
      • De-stigmatizing behavioral health resources

The Kentucky Regional Extension Center is partnering with United Healthcare to host a series of FREE DINNER WORKSHOPS on some of the most pressing healthcare topics impacting patient populations across the Commonwealth.

We are assembling state and nationally recognized authorities to share their expertise in both Diabetes Prevention & Management and Opioid Use Disorder with local healthcare providers and practices. This FREE dinner event will be hosted within Kentucky communities, bringing together local resources and leading experts to unite and support optimal care delivery to transform patient outcomes. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

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

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED! FREE DINNER WORKSHOP: OPIOID USE DISORDER – PIKEVILLE MAY 13

Kentucky REC is excited to announce expert presenters for our FREE DINNER WORKSHOP in Pikeville on May 13th!
Dr. Devin Oller – Presentation Title: Evidence-Based Interventions for Opioid Use Disorder Dr. Oller is an assistant professor in the UK Department of Medicine and staff physician at the UK Addiction Consultation and Education Service (ACES), the UK First Bridge Clinic, and practices primary care at the Internal Medicine Group. He has presented at national conferences on substance use disorder education and the integration of peer support specialists into addiction care.
Tyler Jennings – Presentation Title: FindHelpNowKY.org: A Valuable Tool in the Fight Against Addiction Mr. Jennings is a data management specialist at the UK Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC). The Center hosts FindHelpNowKY.org, a tool for real time crisis intervention. Tyler and his team have worked together to create this innovative project to have a positive impact on the health of Kentucky by increasing research knowledge and understanding, along with saving lives.
Patricia Tucci, RN – Presentation Title: GIVE HOPE: Providing Optimal Care for Individuals with OUD. Pat is the Director of Specialty Substance Use Programs at Bluegrass.org, and has implemented MAT with an emphasis on behavioral health centric models at the longest running substance use program in Kentucky. Bluegrass.org brings together all the treatment options into one program (which is accredited by the Joint Commission), including: individual and group therapy, psychiatric care, case management, drug testing and treatment with MAT.
ALIGNING CARE AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS: CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH OPIOID USE DISORDER May 13 5:00 – 8:00 PM in Pikeville at The Hilton Garden Inn

Questions? Email Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090. We’re here to help!

CMS MIPS ERROR IN 2019 PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT

CMS announced an error in the implementation of the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment adjustment; it incorrectly applies payments for Medicare Part B drugs and other non-physician services billed by physicians. Accordingly, adjustments to impacted claims will occur in the near future. Some Kentucky practices are currently reporting they are receiving recoupment letters from their MAC.

If CMS overpaid a claim based on this error, you will receive a notification for recoupment from your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). If CMS underpaid a claim, it will be adjusted. It is suggested that you contact your MAC if you have any questions.

You may read more about Medicare overpayment here.

If you have any questions about MIPS and QPP, email our Kentucky REC experts or call us 859-323-3090. We’re here to help!

WEBINAR MAY 2ND – QPP YEAR 3: UNDERSTANDING FLEXIBILITY

Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program has ‘upped the ante’ for what will be required of eligible clinicians (ECs) in order to avoid penalties. In order to score the minimum 30 points, EC’s will not only have to receive full credit in Improvement Activities, but will also have to score at least 15 points from one of the other categories.

CMS understands that this can make it difficult on some practices, so they have built flexibilities into the program for practices. These flexibilities allow ECs many different pathways to avoid a penalty and excel in this program. While the added flexibilities are a great way to shape your approach to year 3, not everyone knows what flexibilities are available, and how they be used.

With 7% at stake, it is important that ECs learn all the ways they can improve performance on measures, and submit with the confidence that they tailored their approach to maximize their score. During our webinar we will examine the different opportunities offered to ECs that increase the flexibility of the QPP, but can also increase the complexity of the program. Understanding how these options can be used during the 2019 program year will allow ECs and Groups to determine the best path for this year and help shape 2020 and beyond.

Webinar – QPP Year 3: Understanding Flexibility
Thursday May 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Questions? Call us at 859-323-3090 or email at Kentucky REC.

HIPAA WEBINAR APRIL 30: A GAP ANALYSIS IS NOT ENOUGH

Join us April 30th for our next HIPAA webinar.

Our HIPAA experts will discuss methods to comply with federal regulations, protect practices from security breaches, and remediate breaches if they occur. They will also help you learn to use these tools to understand threats and vulnerabilities, how to develop and revise policies to mitigate risks, train staff, and more. Additionally, the webinar will address common errors made in conducting a security analysis, show you the benefits of going beyond a gap analysis, and will introduce our new vulnerability scan service.

Webinar – HIPAA Security Risk Analysis: A Gap Analysis is Not Enough
Tuesday April 30th 12 – 1 p.m. ET

For more information about our HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, Project Management, and Vulnerability Scan Services, please contact our team at 859-323-3090 or email Kentucky REC.