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IMPROVE PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CARE: GRANT OPPORTUNITY STARTING JUNE 1 WITH ROLLING ENROLLMENT

Interested in improving care outcomes for Pediatric Patients with Asthma?

The Kentucky REC, as a trusted partner with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, is participating in an exciting new grant opportunity funded through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The goals are to improve the reach, quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of asthma control services, and to reduce asthma morbidity, mortality, and disparities throughout the state of Kentucky using the CDC’s EXHALE module.

This unique opportunity focuses on improving asthma care and education for pediatric patients, partnering with and improving school-based & community-based access to resources, and stream-lining referral processes for continuity of care in pediatric patient populations with asthma. The program lasts from June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

The program includes:
• Advisory support for Quality Improvement
• Access to Asthma Self-Management Education and Support resources
• Practice tools
• Training opportunities for participating clinicians and staff.
• Financial support: $2,500 practice incentive to participants enrolling before June 1st, 2021; plus $2,500 for participation July 2021-June 2022
• On-going enrollment

Contact us at Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090 to learn more about how you can participate.

WEBINAR APRIL 27 – KY MEDICAID PROMOTING INTEROPERABILITY FOR EPS: PY 2021

We are in the midst of the final year of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program: PY2021. The August 31, 2021 deadline is much earlier than all previous years. Along with the early deadline, the required responses to COVID-19 have made it difficult for many practices to achieve Promoting Interoperability. Therefore it is crucial to know exactly what is required, and the important objectives that need your attention.

We plan to have a guest speaker from a Kentucky practice who will share their best practices, and guidance on what has helped them be successful this past year. Besides the guest speaker, topics will include: program requirements, stage 3 measures, and important next steps. We are here to assist all eligible providers earn this final year’s incentive money.

Let us help you be prepared and successful when tackling Stage 3. Register now to learn more.

Webinar: KY Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (MU) for EPs: Preparing for PY2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 pm ET

 

Contact us at Kentucky REC with your questions about Promoting Interoperability. Our team of experts is here to help: 859-323-3090.

UK HEALTHCARE REVAMPS TRANSFER PROCESS: K-CATS

UK HealthCare is excited to announce that in the coming weeks, we will launch a revised transfer process – Kentucky Centralized Access and Transfer System (K-CATS) – to ensure care for the “right patient, at the right time, in the right location.”

Beginning Monday, March 15, outside facilities and providers will experience a new voice and face when dialing UK*MDs for patient transfers.

K-CATS was created in response to clinician feedback to improve the process of transferring appropriate patients who will benefit the most from our expertise and advanced care teams.

K-CATS will be staffed 24/7 with patient facilitators, nurse navigators and physician coverage.
The K-CATS team will serve as the control center for:

  • facilitating physician-to-physician consultation
  • arranging expedient clinic appointments
  • transferring patients into the UK HealthCare system

While the concept behind K-CATS has been in development for some time, it took on new urgency last July as UK HealthCare faced the complexity of COVID patient care and a significant increase in acutely ill Kentuckians needing complex, innovative care.

With input from both the UK HealthCare community and those who refer patients to us, we have been rethinking existing strategies and redesigning a new approach to increase efficiency, capacity management, transfer prioritization, and patient placement.

The K-CATS team will have access to:

  • eICU
  • telemedicine options
  • care navigation
  • procedural/diagnostic appointments
  • clinic appointments
  • direct admission to inpatient beds


It is our belief that K-CATS will provide greater efficiencies and stronger partnerships with Kentucky’s regional health care systems. At the same time, it will greatly benefit UK HealthCare providers, staff and patients.

The Contact Information for referring providers will not change. All calls will still go through UK*MDs. To refer a patient call toll free: 800-888-5533 or 859-257-5522 or Fax: 859-257-6325

For detailed information, please visit the Medical Contact Center page HERE.

JOIN THE DIABETES LEARNING COLLABORATIVE: DEADLINE MARCH 31

Would you like to improve outcomes for your patients with Diabetes?


Be a part of our 14 month long collaborative hosted by the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. The Diabetes Learning Collaborative is for Healthcare Practices, FQHCs, RHCs, Hospitals, Health Departments looking for new ways to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. Participants will work together to learn from leading experts in the field, as well as each other.

Fill out an application to become part of our 2021-2022 KY Diabetes Learning Collaborative!

IMPORTANT DATES:
Application Deadline: March 30, 2021
Decisions Announcement: April 2, 2021
First Learning Session: June 15-17, 2021

The first learning session will be virtual half days 1 – 5 PM ET on June 15-17, 2021.

Contact us Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090 to request information, or fill out the APPLICATION.

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

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR APRIL 28 – 2021 Eligibility

The first quarter of the 2021 QPP Performance Period is already over! Now is a great time to dig in to the 2021 Eligibility of your clinician(s) and/or group. CMS looks at a handful of key areas to determine eligibility within the Quality Payment Program, and it can be very useful information to help you be a high performer within the program, regardless of your chosen track.

Our expert advisors will show you:

  • each of the steps that CMS takes to determine eligibility
  • where to find the specific reporting requirements of your clinician(s) and/or group
  • how to use opt-in eligibility to maximize your reimbursement potential on Medicare Part B Claims
  • other key components tied to eligibility

All of the criteria and information in this webinar is important for success in 2021, so you won’t want to miss out! Join our experts as we provide guidance on how to find this information, and how to use it to your advantage, as we venture through the 2021 Performance Year!

QPP Year 5 Webinar: 2021 Eligibility
Wednesday April 28 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.

INFO CALL MARCH 3 – JOIN THE DIABETES LEARNING COLLABORATIVE!

Would you like to improve outcomes for your patients with Diabetes?

Be a part of our 14 month long collaborative hosted by the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. The Diabetes Learning Collaborative is for Healthcare Practices, FQHCs, RHCs, Hospitals, Health Departments looking for new ways to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. Participants will work together to learn from leading experts in the field as well as each other.

To learn how you can become part of our 2021-2022 KY Diabetes Learning Collaborative, join our next info call March 3 at Noon ET. You can also fill out an application to apply!

Tentative Deadline to apply for the program is March 17, 2021.

Contact us Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090 to request the link for one of the calls or fill out the APPLICATION.

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

CMS REOPENS MIPS EXTREME AND UNCONTROLLABLE HARDSHIP APPLICATION

 

 


CMS to Apply MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for the 2020 Performance Period in Response to COVID-19; Reopens Application

From a listserv announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

CMS continues to offer flexibilities to provide relief to clinicians responding to the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

CMS is applying the MIPS automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy to all MIPS eligible clinicians for the 2020 performance period. They are also reopening the MIPS EUC application for individual MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, virtual groups, and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Entities through March 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET.

Please note that applications received between now and March 31, 2021 won’t override previously submitted data for individuals, groups and virtual groups.

This communication will review what these flexibilities mean for:
• Individual clinicians, groups, and virtual groups that haven’t submitted data;
• Individual clinicians, groups, and virtual groups that have submitted data; and
• APM Entities.

Individual clinicians, groups, and virtual groups that HAVEN’T submitted data:

• Individual MIPS eligible clinicians: You don’t need to take any additional action to qualify for the automatic EUC policy. You will be automatically identified and will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2022 MIPS payment year unless 1) you submit data as an individual in 2 or more performance categories, or 2) your practice reports as a group, by submitting data for one or more performance category.
• Groups: You don’t need to take any further action if you’re not able to submit data for the 2020 performance period. Group participation is optional, and your individual MIPS eligible clinicians qualify for the automatic EUC policy. They will have all 4 performance categories reweighted to 0% and receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2022 MIPS payment year unless 1) they submit data in 2 or more performance categories as individuals, or 2) the practice reports as a group, by submitting data for one or more performance category.
• Virtual Groups: If you’re unable to submit data for the 2020 performance period, you must submit an EUC application for all 4 performance categories by the deadline.

Individual clinicians, groups, and virtual groups that HAVE submitted data:

• Individual MIPS eligible clinicians that have submitted data for a single performance category (such as Medicare Part B Claims measures submitted throughout the 2020 performance period):
o You don’t need to take any additional action to be eligible for the automatic EUC policy.
o You’ll be automatically identified and have all 4 performance categories reweighted to 0% and will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2022 MIPS payment year unless 1) you submit data for another performance category, or 2) your group submits data for one or more performance category.

• Individual MIPS eligible clinicians that have submitted data as an individual for 2 or 3 performance categories:
o You’ll receive a MIPS final score and MIPS payment adjustment for the 2022 MIPS payment year based on the data you’ve submitted.
o You’ll only be scored in the performance categories for which data are submitted.
o You can’t submit an application to override previously submitted data.

• Groups and virtual groups that have submitted data for a single performance category:
o If you’re not able to complete data submission for other performance categories, you can submit an application to request reweighting in all 4 performance categories.
o This includes small practices that were automatically scored as a group on Medicare Part B Claims measures submitted throughout the 2020 performance period.
o If you don’t submit an application, your group will be scored in all performance categories unless you are eligible for reweighting in one or more performance categories.
o If your application is approved and data isn’t submitted for another performance category, your MIPS eligible clinicians will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2022 MIPS payment year.

• Groups and virtual groups that have submitted data for 2 or 3 performance categories:
o Your MIPS eligible clinicians will receive a MIPS final score and MIPS payment adjustment for the 2022 MIPS payment year.
o Your group will be scored in all performance categories unless you qualify for reweighting in one or more performance categories.
o You CAN’T submit an application to override previously submitted data.

APM Entities

APM Entities participating in MIPS APMs can submit an EUC application with some differences from the MIPS EUC policy for individuals, groups, and virtual groups:
• APM Entities are required to request reweighting for all performance categories.
• More than 75% of the MIPS eligible clinicians in the APM Entity must be eligible for reweighting in the Promoting Interoperability performance category.
• Unlike applications for individuals, groups and virtual groups, an APM Entity’s approved application for performance category weighting WILL override previously submitted data.

Please note that if an APM Entity doesn’t report for the 2020 performance period (or doesn’t have an approved EUC application), their MIPS eligible clinicians will receive a negative payment adjustment in the 2022 payment year.
Additional Resources

2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application Resources
Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet

For more information, please see the Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response webpages of the QPP website. You can contact the Quality Payment program at 1-866-288-8292 (TRS: 711), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

Contact the Kentucky Regional Extension Center Quality experts at Kentucky REC for all your QPP, MIPS, and APM questions. We’re here to help: 859-323-3090.

QPP Year 5 Webinar Feb 24: Data Validation

Data Validation: How to Drive Improvements Across Performance Categories

Cheers! The New Year has finally arrived. Most of us are very glad to reach 2021. With a new year it’s also time to work on Year 5 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

As you focus on Year 5, it is important to have accurate and precise data. Data you can trust and have confidence in allows you to build the fundamental pieces of your Quality Improvement foundation.

Data Validation is a systematic approach to verify data. With the data integrity that comes from validation, you will know your data is accurate, reliable, retrievable, complete and verifiable.

Join our panel of experts Wednesday, February 24 at noon to learn about building the necessary steps to validate your data. We’ll also discuss how to apply different techniques across the four different MIPS Performance Categories in order to reach your maximum potential in 2021.

Webinar – QPP Year 5: DATA VALIDATION
Wednesday, February 24, 2020 12:00 PM 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 Kentucky REC. We aim to be your trusted healthcare advisor!

Contact the experts at Kentucky REC for all your QPP, MIPS, and APM questions. We’re here to help: 859-323-3090.

KHIE WEBINAR FEB 5: REPEAT – CMS COP HOSPITAL ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION

In case you missed it! Join the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) for a repeat of their Jan 7 presentation as they discuss the new Electronic Notifications requirement under the 2020 Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule, Conditions of Participation (CoP).

KHIE will discuss how their free services can alleviate hospital burden!

The KHIE solution meets the CMS criteria and sends electronic notifications to all applicable post-acute care services providers and suppliers, as well as to any of the practitioners and entities, which need to receive notifications of the patient’s status for treatment, care coordination or quality improvement purposes.

CMS CoP Hospital Electronic Notification Webinar
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM (EST)

For any questions regarding this webinar, please contact Brandi Genoe, KHIE Program Manager at Brandi.Genoe@ky.gov.

JOIN THE 2021-22 DIABETES LEARNING COLLABORATIVE!

Would you like to improve outcomes for your patients with Diabetes?

Be a part of our 14 month long collaborative hosted by the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. The Diabetes Learning Collaborative is for Healthcare Practices, FQHCs, RHCs, Hospitals, Health Departments looking for new ways to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. Participants will work together to learn from leading experts in the field as well as each other.

To learn how you can become part of our 2021-2022 KY Diabetes Learning Collaborative, join one of our two info calls Feb. 24 & March 3 at Noon ET. You can also fill out an application to apply!

Tentative Deadline to apply for the program is March 17, 2021.

Contact us Kentucky REC or call 859-323-3090 to request the link for one of the calls or fill out the APPLICATION.

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