Kentucky REC News

QPP Upcoming Deadlines for Year 2

Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program is over, and now it’s time to submit data. Be certain to submit as soon as possible and don’t wait until the deadline.

The data submission window for MIPS Year 2 (2018 Performance Year) is now open and available from 1/2/19 to 4/2/19 @ 8pm EDT.
1. Go to the Quality Payment Program website
2. Log-in using your QPP access credentials
3. Submit your MIPS data for Year 2 (2018)

Web Interface users need to report Quality performance category data between 1/22/19 and 3/22/19.

Quality measures submitted via Medicare Part B claims for services provided in 2018 must be processed within 60 days after the end of the 2018 performance period or by March 1st, 2019.

Contact the expert advisors at Kentucky REC with your Quality Payment Program questions. We’re here to help. 859-323-3090


Webinar Jan 10th: QPP Program Year 3 Requirements

The New Year is often anticipated and celebrated with music and parties. When it comes to the upcoming Year 3 in the Quality Payment Program for 2019, many of us are anxious instead. Your Kentucky Regional Extension Center Team is eager to present an overview of the Year 3 requirements to help you make sense of all the changes. An expert panel will discuss some of the most important aspects of the QPP Year 3 rules and how they will impact your practice.

This webinar will depart from our traditional presentation style, and feature the panel in a more informal conversation about some of the more significant changes to the QPP for the upcoming year. We will share each expert’s perspective on important considerations and pitfalls to be avoided. Some of the topics to be discussed include the new clinician types, the 4 MIPS categories, and Alternative Payment Models.

Our experts will also be answering questions on topics such as hardships, special considerations, facility-based scoring, specialty measure sets, CEHRT requirements, boosting your Promoting Interoperability performance, the new cost measures, and APM Qualified Providers.

Join us January 10th for our first webinar of the New Year!

Webinar: QPP Program Year 3 Requirements
January 10  12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET




Webinar Dec 13 – QPP Year 3: Promoting Interoperability

Promoting Interoperability (formerly known as Advancing Care Information) takes first place as the category undergoing the most change in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program. Under the Final Rule released November 1, 2018, CMS updated the Promoting Interoperability category to reflect the goal of a more simplified evaluation and scoring approach.


With the removal, restructuring and addition of new measures, the objectives that eligible clinicians must report on drops from eleven down to four. CMS listened to feedback, and received many comments on provider inability to control what patients do once they leave your office. Therefore, they removed Secure Messaging, View-Download & Transmit, as well as Patient Generated Health Data. All of these objectives require the patient to act in order for the provider to meet the requirements. They’re gone for 2019.

For the second set of measures, CMS removed Patient Education and Medication Reconciliation, since providers have historically performed very well on them. This is in keeping with the goal of streamlining and reducing the reporting burden.

“What’s left?” The required measure set includes:

  • Electronic Prescribing
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Provider to Patient Exchange (Access)
  • Public Health/Clinical Data Exchange

Security Risk Assessments are STILL REQUIRED. However, CMS has removed the objective from the list of measures, since it is required for ALL practices regardless of particularization in the program.


In addition to the objective changes, CMS also reshaped their approach to scoring for Promoting Interoperability. They moved away from the flexible approach of base, performance and bonus, and it will be a straight scoring approach for 2019. While this reduces the overall complexity, it also makes it MORE CHALLENGING to receive full credit!

Join our upcoming webinar. We will walk you through these changes and discuss how they impact Year 3 in the Promoting Interoperability performance category.

Webinar – QPP Year 3: Promoting Interoperability
Thursday December 13  12-1 p.m. ET

Contact our Quality Experts at Kentucky REC with your questions. Call us at 859-323-3090

Kentucky’s Juniper Health Recognized as a 2018 Million Hearts Champions

Juniper Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center with four locations in Morgan, Wolfe, Lee, and Breathitt Counties in Southeastern Kentucky, has been named a 2018 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion. The practice shares this distinction with only 17 other practices around the nation, and is the sole state representative. Kentucky REC advisors have been honored to work with Juniper Health practice members on a Chronic Disease Pilot grant from The Kentucky Department of Public Health that focused on controlling high blood pressure and improving Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c control. Juniper was a star performer on this grant and the only practice recognized in Kentucky as a Million Hearts Champion.

“We are excited to showcase successful strategies used by our 2018 Champions to keep blood pressure under safe control, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and save lives,” said Janet Wright, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist and executive director of Million Hearts®. “We hope that these Champions inspire teams all over the country to make hypertension control a priority.”

From the Million Hearts website:
The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a competition to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates of at least 80% through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and health care team approaches.

Congratulations, 2018 Champions!
Million Hearts® has recognized 18 health care practices and community health centers from around the United States as 2018 Hypertension Control Champions. In their work, these Champions were able to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of their adult patients with hypertension. Together, the 2018 Champions cared for more than 53,000 adults. Here is the list of all 18 Million Hearts 2018 Champions.

Contact Kentucky REC experts with your questions about quality improvement. We’re here to help your practice. Call us at 859-323-3090.