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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.

10TH ANNUAL KENTUCKY AETC INTENSIVE HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE APRIL 26-27 LEXINGTON

Announcing the 10th Annual KY AETC HIV/Hepatitis C Intensive Conference, April 26-27, 2019, at the Embassy Suites Coldstream, Lexington, KY. In addition to our traditional conference lineup, we’re excited to offer a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Course for opioid addiction. The agenda is available here.

Complete conference information and registration details are posted on the REGISTRATION WEBSITE at KY AETC 10th Annual Intensive Conference Registration.

This activity has been approved for 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and 14.25 ABIM MOC Points. This activity is eligible for ACPE credit; see link above for specific details. Nurses seeking CE credit can submit this activity for review by the KY BON. Dentistry/dental hygiene credit will be available. The Kentucky Board of Social Work has approved this event for 7 credit hours.

Please contact Crystal Stover know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Crystal Stover
Program Assistant
Kentucky AIDS Education and Training Center
Phone: 859-323-9969
Fax: 859-323-8926
csmc226@uky.edu

WEBINAR APRIL 25 KY MEDICAID PROMOTING INTEROPERABILITY (MU)

We are well into the 2019 Program Year, and it is crucial to look at the 2019 requirements for Stage 3 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability. Together we will review the Stage 3 objectives and the threshold for each measure. We will discuss detailed information regarding the new measures and the importance of having a 2015 CEHRT.

Let us help you be prepared and successful when tackling Stage 3. We will provide action lists that will guide you through the important next steps to meeting the thresholds for the new/hard to reach objectives.

Webinar – KY Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (MU) 2019 Stage 3 Overview for Eligible Professionals
Thursday April 25th 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

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

WEBINAR APRIL 18 – QPP YEAR 3: ADVANCED APMS

What are Advanced APMs? What are the benefits of participating in an Advanced APM? Are you prepared for success in an Advanced APM model of care?  Do you know what steps to take to make your organization ready?

We will share Program Year 3 changes to the Advanced APM track and discuss how they may impact your participation in Advanced APMs. We will also discuss the pros and cons of participating, next steps to take, some of the Advanced APM models available, and more.

Webinar – QPP Year 3: Advanced APMs
Thursday April 18th 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
 

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

WEBINAR APRIL 4 – QPP YEAR 3: IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES

It’s easy to forget how important the Improvement Activities (IA) performance category is to our success in the Quality Payment Program. It may sometimes feel like “busy work”, but if planned and executed appropriately, many of these activities align very well with processes we are already doing to improve our practices.

CMS has listed over 100 activities in the IA category. We will discuss how the category is scored depending on your status as a practice, and go through some example activities so you can see how IA works. Our experts will be available to answer your questions, and help you see efficiencies and overlaps with the other MIPS categories, and other programs such as PCMH/PCSP and Promoting Interoperability.

 

Webinar – QPP Year 3: Improvement Activities
Thursday April 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

Webinar March 21st – Year 3 QPP Expert Panel

Join us for our highly requested, first ever expert panel webinar in which we will answer your questions on Year 3 of QPP. All questions are valid: from those new to the Quality Payment Program, to those who have submitted since the beginning.

Send in your questions ahead of time to be included. Call us at 859-323-3090 or email Kentucky REC.

Topics
  • Brief overview of MIPS Year 3
  • Reimbursement
  • Thresholds
  • Timelines
  • Monitoring your progress

The panel will also discuss how the activities and improvements from MIPS can impact:

  • Your practice’s efficiency
  • Patient outcomes
  • Finances
  • Reputation
Don’t forget! Contact us with your questions now!

 
Webinar – QPP Year 3: Expert Panel
Thursday March 21, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 

PILL PODCAST EPISODE 3: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GURU

Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, Chief of the Division of Population Medicine and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UK HealthCare is a Quality Improvement Guru. He is an expert in Population Health, which Wikipedia defines as: “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. It is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of an entire human population.”

In our interview, he explains why population health management is so important, especially for states like Kentucky, which struggles with poor health outcomes. Dr. Cardarelli takes population health management, a seemingly huge task, and breaks it into small, bite-size pieces: access and analyze your data; start with small tests of change; look at TCM (Transitional Care Management) and CCM (Chronic Care Management) to increase reimbursements; and lastly, be creative.

 

You can now listen to our podcast at our new home, Buzzsprout, or listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. All previous episodes are now available.

If you need assistance with quality improvement and/or QPP, contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090 or by email. For specific Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices, visit the online resource center.