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Join Us Oct 6 – The First Behavioral Health Community of Practice

Webinars and Resources

Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, will connect primary care providers, specialists and organizations through learning sessions where behavioral health experts will present best practices, tools and resources to optimize care.

The format of the Community of Practice is monthly one-hour webinars October 2022 through May 2023 from noon – 1 pm. The webinars will include educational sessions, best practice overviews, interactive trainings on tools and resources, and group discussions.

Meet the Speakers

Facilitator and Speaker – Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, UKHC

Trudi Matthews serves as Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UK HealthCare, the health system of the University of Kentucky (UK). In this role, Trudi works with UK HealthCare’s executive team and ambulatory leadership to ensure success in value-based programs for Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers. Trudi also serves as government affairs and policy lead for UK HealthCare overseeing a team responsible for reviewing and analyzing state and federal government policy initiatives.

Presentation: Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

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. In order to address this demand, UK HealthCare and community-based organizations are working together to improve behavioral health in the commonwealth.

The purpose of the Behavioral Health Community of Practice is to:
• Leverage UK HealthCare and community experts to help fill care gaps
• Support primary care providers
• Create a venue for conversation around local needs
• Allow for bi-directional problem solving

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – Katherine Jury, Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health, Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor/Coordinator

Katherine Jury is a Senior Extension Specialist for Family Health at the University of Kentucky, with nine years of experience in the field of community health education. In her current role, she provides evidence-based resources that empower Kentuckians to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life.

Katherine graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science, and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky in Family Science. Additionally, Katherine holds Professional Certifications in Trauma and Resilience from Florida State University and is a nationally ranked Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Coordinator.

Presentation: Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

As the number of American adults experiencing mental health challenges continues to rise, the question of “What can we do?” continues to pervade conversations- in education, in healthcare, and in communities as a whole. This presentation gives a concrete answer to that question: a resource to equip adults in every facet of society to be able to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge.

OCTOBER 2022

Session 1 – Thursday Oct. 6th
Noon — 1:00 pm ET

Current State of Mental Health & Rollout of Community of Practice (COP)

  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid & Community Support Systems
  • Panel Discussion: Using Mental Health First Aid in practice

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.

DEC 8 Kentucky REC Annual Conference Featured Speaker: Coach Colene

2022 Annual meeting website
Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speaker – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center 

We are pleased to be hosting our Annual Conference as a HYBRID event to give our participants the option to attend either in person* or virtually.

This year, for the first time, registrants will have access to additional content videos on our event website and app.

FEATURED SPEAKER: COACH COLENE – EMERGING ON THE OTHER SIDE

Coach Colene will share ways to acknowledge how tough the past two and a half years have been, celebrate what you’ve been able to achieve, and help you figure out how to keep moving forward with energy and intention.

About Coach Colene, Be More Consulting

Due to her experience and skills in HR, Colene Elridge came to be known as “the fixer” – she’s called to help organizations and leaders create better workplaces, productive teams, and aligned results. Her career in government focused on Affirmative Action, EEO, and Diversity. She was a successful investigator of harassment and discrimination complaints and implemented strategies that resulted in more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

She is the CEO of Be More Consulting, a boutique agency designed to support organizations in creating cultures of inclusion, and developing women leaders. Her first book, Monday Morning Pep Talks, was named by Success Magazine as a top book for professional women. Colene is the founder of EmpowHer Conference, a women’s leadership event that focuses on building women into leaders both at work and in their lives.

Colene has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Transylvania University, where she currently serves on the Board of Regents, and an MBA from Sullivan University. She loves yoga, her family, movies, and laughing!

Kentucky REC Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, December 8

8:30 —Registration
9:00 — Welcome
9:10 — Quality Improvement - Kentucky REC Quality Experts

Managing Change in Healthcare: From Theory to Reality – Jessica Elliott & Kelly Fountain, Kentucky REC

10:10 — Behavioral Health

Strategies to Address the Behavioral Health Crisis: Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, and Ginny Gottschalk, MD – UK HealthCare

11:10 — Break/Networking
11:25 — Kentucky Health Information Technology in 2023
Andrew Bledsoe, Deputy Executive Director, KHIE
11:45 — Lunch/Networking
12:45 — Special Guest Speaker Coach Colene, Be More Consulting

Emerging on the Other Side

2:15 — Break/Networking
2:30 — Medicare Promoting Interoperability for Hospitals

Robin Curnel, Kentucky REC

3:00 — Strong HIPAA Safeguards are the Key for Protection Against Ransomware
Amy Daley, Kentucky REC
4:00 — Wrap-up

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

*Kentucky REC will follow current UK HealthCare COVID guidelines for our in person event.

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!

INFORMATIONAL MEETING AUG 25 – DIABETES PREVENTION LEARNING COLLABORATIVE

The Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH) is embarking on our third Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaborative with the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (KY REC) to improve clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes. We are also hosting a full Diabetes Prevention Learning Collaborative to improve outcomes for patients with prediabetes.

Diabetes Prevention Learning Collaborative
Informal Call for Interested Practices and Providers
Thursday, August 25, 2022 12-1 pm EST

Contact us for the ZOOM Link and more information at (859) 323-3090 or email us at KYRec@uky.edu.

The purpose of the informational call is to provide an overview of the 2023 Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaborative 3 starting in February 2023 and Kentucky Diabetes Prevention Learning Collaborative starting in January 2023.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be a Kentucky based health care location
  • Have 100-300 adult patients with diabetes or prediabetes
  • Must have time and motivation to participate in a year long project
  • Deadline for interested practices to apply is September 9, 2022

Our previous Kentucky Diabetes Learning Collaboratives were very successful despite the pressures of the pandemic. Applicants chosen to participate can receive up to $6,000 in practice payments based on meeting certain project deliverables. Not only can you improve outcomes for your patients with diabetes or prediabetes but you can also improve your eCQM, HEDIS, UDS, QPP or MIPS score around diabetes.

Information on Diabetes Learning Collaborative
Application for Diabetes Learning Collaborative
Information on Pre-diabetes Learning Collaborative
Application for Pre-diabetes Learning Collaborative

Contact us for the ZOOM Link and more information at (859) 323-3090 or email us at KYRec@uky.edu.

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.

SURVEY ON CRITICAL HEALTH WORKERS IN KENTUCKY – CLOSES AUG 12

You are invited to complete a survey to assess the familiarity, utilization, and engagement of Community Health Workers (CHWs) among organizations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The survey is being administered and evaluated through a partnership between the Office of Community Health Workers within the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) and the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) with funding awarded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Train, Engage and Deploy Community Health Workers (CHWs) through “DP21-2109 Community Health Workers for COVID-19 Response and Resilient Communities.”

As healthcare community stakeholders and healthcare purchasers, your input is critical. Employers can maximize the impact of CHWs for their workforce and their communities.

Whether your organization does or does not currently employ CHWs, we still need your input.

Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Multiple responses from within a single organization are allowable. The deadline for responding to this survey is August 12, 2022.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

 
All information collected in this survey will be aggregated to understand the collective findings. No personally identifiable information will be distributed outside of the administering organizations. The administering organizations may contact survey responders for further information related to their submissions. Contact Natalie Middaugh, Director, Programs and Health Strategies, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative at nmiddaugh@khcollaborative.org with any questions.

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.

WANT TO IMPROVE STROKE CARE & OUTCOMES? GRANT PROGRAM AVAILABLE

Join us in improving health outcomes for people of the Commonwealth!

The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Kentucky Department of Public Health were awarded a Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Grant in 2021. As the lead organizations in the project, we are working together to expand Kentucky’s existing efforts to improve stroke-related health outcomes by working with Kentucky health care systems and community providers to implement comprehensive stroke systems for those at highest risk for stroke, as well as those who have had a stroke.

We are looking for partners in primary care offices to leverage electronic health records and health information technology to identify patients at highest risk for stroke, such as those with a personal history of stroke and those with uncontrolled hypertension. Under the unified goal of preventing stroke, uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the highest indicators for stroke risk, and is a significant issue throughout Kentucky. As a participant in the strategy, the Coverdell team will be offering technical assistance to help your staff prevent stroke in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, as well as improve outcomes for patients who have had a stroke.

Benefits of participation include:

EHR technical assistance to help identify patients with uncontrolled hypertension
Assistance from the Coverdell Team and DPH in establishing and participation in the Care Collaborative
FREE Blood Pressure Monitors and Cuffs
Process improvement assistance to implement and sustain initiative
Technical assistance to track and measure improvements in patient population

Along with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, we will be providing CARE Collaborative training for your staff. The CARE Collaborative is an educational encounter between a healthcare extender and the patient that helps them identify their blood pressure zone and provides them with the tools to reduce their risk of stroke by lowering their blood pressure. You can find more information on the CARE Collaborative HERE.

Be a part of the inaugural Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Grant award for Kentucky!

Contact us at Kentucky REC or 859-323-3090 to learn more.

GRANT FUNDED HYPERTENSION LEARNING COLLABORATIVE STARTS JULY 2022!

JUST A FEW SPACES REMAINING – Contact us now! Kentucky REC or 859-323-3090

The Kentucky Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) recently received a multi-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve hypertension clinical outcomes. One of the strategies Kentucky has chosen focuses on the implementation of a robust clinical quality improvement Hypertension Learning Collaborative (HLC).

This Collaborative will be a 12-month process by which health care organizations come together to learn from one another, and from experts in the field, and then undertake small tests of change to reach self-identified objectives within their own organizations. The focus for the HLC will be to assist health care organizations make “breakthrough” increases in the adoption and use of clinical systems and care practices to improve health outcomes in adults with uncontrolled hypertension. Targeted clinical outcomes will include improvement in blood pressure control and use of statin therapy. Clinical system changes will include: clinical decision support within the EHR for Cardiovascular Assessment; Risk Reduction; and Education Collaborative Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (CARE SMBP) referral; the establishment of bi-directional referral processes with CARE SMBP providers; and other evidence-based care practices.

HYPERTENSION LEARNING COLLABORATIVE HIGHLIGHTS
JULY 2022 — JULY 2023
    • Receive monthly technical assistance, monthly webinars and quarterly Learning Sessions, with regular reporting
    • Educate patients on options for blood pressure screening, refer interested patients to Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring at Local Health Department
    • Conduct small tests of change using quality improvement methodologies
    • Financial Support: $1500 quarterly

 

HERE is a flyer with all the grant opportunities listed.

Contact us at Kentucky REC or 859-323-3090 to learn more.