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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!

THIS WEEK! BOWLING GREEN & PADUCAH – 2019 HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION SURVIVAL SEMINARS

Join us for our 2019 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminar Series!

Kentucky REC experts head to Western Kentucky this week after our successful kick-off seminar last week in Lexington. This is a day packed with helpful information. Join us in Bowling Green or Paducah!

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 include: 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 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.

 

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2019 SURVIVAL SEMINARS FEATURED TOPIC: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Implementing Quality Improvement in Your Practice

In this presentation, we’ll discuss:

  • How to define quality improvement in your practice
  • how to align your quality improvement efforts with a focus on various programs: QPP, PCMH/PCSP, as well as other payer programs
  • How to choose a methodology that works well for you and your practice
  • resources you can leverage to identify security holes in your network

Other topics include: QPP Year 3, Quality Measure Improvement, Improving Quality through Feedback Report Alignment, HIPAA, Telehealth, Vulnerability Scanning, Promoting Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange.

Lunch is provided to all participants.

This day’s activities are 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.

 

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2019 SURVIVAL SEMINARS FEATURED TOPIC: TELEHEALTH

Telehealth

Telehealth is growing rapidly, with changes each year in scope, regulation, and implementation. Learn what to consider if you decide to consider telehealth for your organization.

In the presentation, we will:

  • Define telehealth and some of the most common modalities
  • Discuss considerations in implementing telehealth
  • CMS and Kentucky regulations around reimbursement options
  • Ideas on how telehealth can be used across multiple service lines and organizations

Other topics include: QPP Year 3, Implementing Quality Improvement in your Practice, Quality Measure Improvement, Improving Quality through Feedback Report Alignment, Telehealth, Vulnerability Scanning, Promoting Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange.

Lunch is provided to all participants.

This day’s activities are 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.

 

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2019 SURVIVAL SEMINARS FEATURED TOPIC: HIPAA SECURITY

HIPAA Security: It’s a Journey, Not a Destination

When it comes to HIPAA Security, there is no “finish line.” Since hackers are finding new ways to penetrate our networks every day, network security will always be an ongoing process. Our best line of defense against attacks that could lead to a breach is a proactive approach to HIPAA Security.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss:

  • the top six lessons learned after a breach
  • what a proactive approach should look like
  • the information system activity review requirements under the HIPAA Security Rule
  • resources you can leverage to identify security holes in your network

Other topics include: QPP Year 3, Implementing Quality Improvement in your Practice, Quality Measure Improvement, Improving Quality through Feedback Report Alignment, Telehealth, Vulnerability Scanning, Promoting Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange.

Lunch is provided to all participants.

This day’s activities are 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.

 

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FREE DINNER WORKSHOP: DIABETES CARE – BOWLING GREEN JUNE 19

Kentucky REC is partnering with United HealthCare 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

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

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

 

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.

 

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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

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.

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.