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DECEMBER 2 ANNUAL CONFERENCE FEATURED SPEAKER – ANDREW BLEDSOE, KENTUCKY HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE (KHIE)

 


DECEMBER 2, 2021 – Kentucky REC Annual Conference

Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speakers – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center

FEATURED SPEAKER – ANDREW BLEDSOE, KHIE Deputy Executive Director
 
Bridges to Coordinating Care: The New KHIE!

KHIE is an interoperable electronic network that supports the exchange of patient health information among healthcare providers across the Commonwealth and beyond. KHIE’s goal is to aid and assist in patient care delivery. Currently, KHIE has over 8000 connections within Kentucky where patient information is exchanged and provided back to healthcare agencies.

Andrew Bledsoe, KY State HIT Director and KHIE Deputy Executive Director, will provide a deep dive into the multitude of KHIE Services and how they can assist with both clinical care coordination and COVID reporting. Exciting KHIE enhancements include a connection to the National eHealth Exchange allowing access to important data from healthcare providers from across the country including the VA, DOD, and the SSA, further broadening the scope of care coordination. In addition, KHIE has recently finished functionality on an Image Exchange Program allowing images to be shared both from hospital PAC systems and displayed to users via the KHIE ePartnerViewer Provider Portal. Starting initially with KY hospitals, KHIE’s goal is to broaden the scope to include diagnostic centers and other healthcare disciplines that rely on imaging. Andrew will also describe improvements to the KHIE Provider Portal allowing users to automatically or manually add COVID-19 Lab Results, Vaccine Reporting, in addition to allowing users to upload notes designed to share patient data.

For more information, contact Andrew and his team at www.khie.ky.gov

View our Agenda HERE

During our day together, we’ll have guest speakers, along with presentations on quality initiatives, HIPAA, Telehealth, and more to ensure that clinicians, hospital administrators, and clinic staff are well prepared for the challenges of modern healthcare. Our valued partners at KHIE, the Kentucky Health Information Exchange, will be presenting along with us.

We are pleased to be hosting our first ever HYBRID event to give our attendees the option to attend either in person* or virtually. All registrants will receive links to session recordings after the event.

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

*Masks are required during our in person event based on UK HealthCare COVID guidelines.

UPCOMING WEBINARS – QPP YEAR SIX: 2022 FINAL RULE

On November 2, 2021 CMS released the Quality Payment Program Year 6 (Program Year 2022) Final Rule.

In this Rule, CMS finalized changes impacting the Merit Based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS), including long awaited details surrounding MIPS Value Pathways, and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) tracks of the QPP.
Our Kentucky REC experts are committed to helping our clients, practices, and providers throughout the state with the essential elements you need to know to navigate upcoming changes to this program.

Kentucky REC Quality advisors are hosting a series of webinars to discuss the Year 6 Final Rule, giving you important information to help you best address the changes in the Quality Payment Program. November 17th will be our client only first analysis of the Final Rule, followed by a Public Webinar, open to all, held on January 12th.

QPP YEAR 6 WEBINAR: 2022 FINAL RULE
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12th 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.

CMS PUBLISHES 2022 PFS FINAL RULE FOR THE QUALITY PAYMENT PROGRAM

CMS Publishes 2022 PFS Final Rule for the Quality Payment Program

Excerpted From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule, which includes the final policies for the 2022 performance year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The rule affects traditional MIPS, MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs), the APM Performance Pathway (APP), Advanced APMs, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program).

2022: QPP Final Rule Highlights

Key QPP policies in the 2022 performance year include:

  • Revising the definition of a MIPS eligible clinician to include social workers and certified nurse mid-wives.
  • Setting the MIPS performance threshold at 75 points and the exceptional performance threshold at 89 points.
  • Weighting the cost and quality performance categories equally (as statutorily required) at 30%.
  • Extending the CMS Web Interface as a collection type and submission type in traditional MIPS for registered groups, virtual groups, and APM Entities for the 2022 performance year only.
  • Finalizing a longer transition for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs)/MIPS clinical quality measures (CQMs) measure reporting for Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) by extending the CMS Web Interface as an option for 3 years (through the 2024 performance year).
2023 and Beyond: QPP Final Rule Highlights – Additional Finalized Policies

The following updates were also included in the PFS Final Rule and affect future years of the QPP:

  • Finalizing 7 MVPs that will be available, beginning with the 2023 performance year.
  • Providing a description of the registration process and timeline for MVP and subgroup registration, beginning with the 2023 performance year.
QPP Final Rule Overview Webinar Details

CMS will host a webinar on November 10 to provide an overview of the final policies for the 2022 performance year of the QPP. During this webinar, CMS will answer questions from attendees, as time permits.
Title: 2022 Quality Payment Program Final Rule Overview
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm ET
Registration Link: https://app.webinar.net/JV1KbW8n7ve

For More Information

To learn more about the CY2022 PFS Final Rule and all of the 2022 QPP finalized policies, please review the following resources:

  • Press Release: Provides additional details regarding today’s announcement.
  • QPP 2022 Final Rule Resources Zip File Contains the following:
  • Overview Fact Sheet: Offers an overview of the QPP Final Rule policies for the 2022 performance year.
  • Policies Comparison Table: Compares the final 2022 performance year policies to the requirements for the 2021 performance year.
  • MVP Policies Table: Provides an overview of the policies for implementation of MVPs beginning in the 2023 performance year.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Addresses the FAQs for the 2022 QPP Final Rule policies.

Questions

Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. ET) or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov. To receive assistance more quickly, consider calling during non-peak hours—before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. ET.
Customers who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS Communications Assistant.

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

DECEMBER 2 ANNUAL CONFERENCE FEATURED PRESENTATION – QUALITY IMPROVEMENT


DECEMBER 2, 2021 – Kentucky REC Annual Conference

Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speakers – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center

FEATURED PRESENTATION – Quality Improvement Mindset: Hardwiring Adaptability and High Reliability in Healthcare

Kentucky REC Quality & Value Team Lead Jessica Elliot and Team Member Vance Drakeford will discuss sustaining Quality Improvement initiatives through the adoption and implementation of improvement science methodology. They will share ways to foster a culture of continuous quality improvement in the healthcare setting and how to leverage technology and innovation to drive patient-centered care outcomes in a clinical setting.

View our Agenda HERE

During our day together, we’ll have guest speakers, along with presentations on quality initiatives, HIPAA, Telehealth, and more to ensure that clinicians, hospital administrators, and clinic staff are well prepared for the challenges of modern healthcare. Our valued partners at KHIE, the Kentucky Health Information Exchange, will be presenting along with us.

We are pleased to be hosting our first ever HYBRID event to give our attendees the option to attend either in person* or virtually. All registrants will receive links to session recordings after the event.

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

*Masks are required during our in person event based on UK HealthCare COVID guidelines.

DEC 2 KENTUCKY REC ANNUAL CONFERENCE FEATURED SPEAKER: VITALE BUFORD

Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speakers – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center 

We are pleased to be hosting our first ever HYBRID event to give our attendees the option to attend either in person* or virtually.

FEATURED SPEAKER: VITALE BUFORD – OVERCOMING PERFECTIONISM

Perfection is one of the most pervasive challenges holding leaders back – in fact, 97 percent of people struggle with some form of perfectionism. We too often believe that if we achieve perfection, we will also achieve happiness and success -whether it be in our professional life, personal life, or in ourselves.

Symptoms of perfectionism include procrastination, control, people-pleasing, unrealistic expectations, conflict avoidance, feeling stuck, imposter syndrome, all-or-nothing thinking, anxiety, comparison, and stress. In Overcoming Perfectionism, you will learn how to take your energy toward perfectionism and turn it toward success. Attendees will leave feeling more empowered than ever before and will have the tools to help them lead with imperfection and build their confidence.

About Vitale Buford, The Imperfectionist
Vitale brings her perfectionism training and concepts to life in a fun and relatable way, empowering teams and companies to transform the way they work, produce, and relate. She is an iPEC-certified executive coach, trainer, award-winning speaker, and author. Featured in The New York Times, she is the author of the book, Addicted to Perfect, detailing her struggle with perfectionism and how she overcame it. Vitale considers herself an architect of corporate culture – working with organizations and leaders to transform their cultures of perfectionism to cultures of excellence. She does this through workshops, intensive team trainings, strategic advisory, keynotes, culture change, and leadership coaching. Before starting her own business, Vitale spent 14 years working in marketing and business development for a variety of industries and professional service organizations.

She now lives her life purpose helping leaders and workplaces overcome perfectionism. Vitale loves traveling, Fleetwood Mac, morning walks, and lives in Kentucky with her husband, son, and dog.

Kentucky REC Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, December 2

8:30 —Registration
9:00 — Welcome
9:05 — Quality Improvement - Kentucky REC Quality Experts & Guest Speaker Jessica Sass, UK HealthCare

Quality Improvement Mindset: Hardwiring Adaptability and High Reliability in Healthcare – Jessica Elliott & Vance Drakeford, Kentucky REC

Implementing Population Health Management at UK HealthCare
Featuring – Jessica Sass, UK HealthCare

11:00 — Break/Networking
11:05 — Bridges to Coordinating Care: the New KHIE!
Andrew Bledsoe, Deputy Executive Director, KHIE
11:45 — Lunch/Networking
12:00 — Special Guest Speaker Vitale Buford, Transformation Coach

Overcoming Perfectionism

2:00 — Break/Networking
2:10 — HIPAA Security: Proper Safeguards are the Key to Passing an Audit
Amy Daley, Kentucky REC
3:10 — Break/Networking
3:20 — Medicare Promoting Interoperability for Hospitals

Kristina Feathers, Kentucky REC

3:50 — Making Telehealth a Permanent Solution

Robin Curnel, Kentucky REC

4:20 — Wrap-up

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

*Masks are required during our in person event based on UK HealthCare COVID guidelines.

THE PILL PODCAST RETURNS! EPISODE 8: TEAM-BASED CARE

In the return of the PILL Podcast, Brent McKune, the new Managing Director of the Kentucky REC and PILL Podcast co-host, talks with Cassy Hobbs and Kristin Munro-Leighton about Team-Based Care in the management of blood pressure and reducing hypertension.

This conversation will be of great interest to primary care organization and FQHC representatives in Kentucky who are interested in best practices for improving blood pressure quality indicators for patients – including using CARE Collaborative, self-monitoring of blood pressure, and team-based care.

Cassy Hobbs is an Associate Professor at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

She has been with Sullivan for 9 years since receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky. Cassy is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist and licensed diabetes educator. She is responsible for classroom teaching, as well as training pharmacy students during experiential rotations at Family Health Centers, a large federally qualified health center system in Louisville, KY. Cassy and her students work with patients who have chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, to achieve better control through appropriate medication use, lifestyle modifications and implementation of preventative strategies.

Kristin Munro-Leighton is the Director of Health Education at Family Health Centers.

She received her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Kristin has been with Family Health Centers for 15 years. She and her team design and implement programs focused on healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation, management of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, and child safety.

Listen to our podcast on Buzzsprout, or Spotify and Apple Podcasts. All previous episodes are available.

If you need assistance with quality improvement and/or the QPP, contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090 or by email.

REGISTER TODAY: KENTUCKY REC ANNUAL CONFERENCE DEC 2 – HYBRID EVENT


DECEMBER 2, 2021 – Kentucky REC Annual Conference

Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speakers – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center 

We are pleased to be hosting our first ever HYBRID event to give our attendees the option to attend either in person* or virtually.

During our day together, we’ll discuss quality initiatives, HIPAA, Telehealth, and more to ensure that clinicians, hospital administrators, and clinic staff are well prepared for the challenges of modern healthcare. Our valued partners at KHIE, the Kentucky Health Information Exchange, will be presenting along with us.

We have an exciting lineup of guest speakers including Vitale Buford, who will present on Overcoming Perfectionism. She will provide our attendees with the tools to take their energy toward perfectionism and turn it into success. All registrants will receive links to session recordings after the event.

Kentucky REC Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, December 2

8:30 — Registration
9:00 — Welcome
9:05 — Quality Improvement - Kentucky REC Quality Experts & Guest Speaker Jessica Sass, UK HealthCare

Quality Improvement Mindset: Hardwiring Adaptability and High Reliability in Healthcare – Jessica Elliott & Vance Drakeford, Kentucky REC

Implementing Population Health Management at UK HealthCare
Featuring – Jessica Sass, UK HealthCare

11:00 — Break/Networking
11:05 — Bridges to Coordinating Care: the New KHIE!
Andrew Bledsoe, Deputy Executive Director, KHIE
11:45 — Lunch/Networking
12:00 — Special Guest Speaker Vitale Buford, Transformation Coach

Overcoming Perfectionism

2:00 — Break/Networking
2:10 — HIPAA Security: Proper Safeguards are the Key to Passing an Audit
Amy Daley, Kentucky REC
3:10 — Break/Networking
3:20 — Medicare Promoting Interoperability for Hospitals

Kristina Feathers, Kentucky REC

3:50 — Making Telehealth a Permanent Solution

Robin Curnel, Kentucky REC

4:20 — Wrap-up

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

*Masks are required during our in person event based on UK HealthCare COVID guidelines.

KHIE INCENTIVE OPPORTUNITIES – NEW DEADLINE!

The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) Incentive Opportunities

In collaboration with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is excited to offer two (2) separate incentive opportunities to help healthcare facilities mitigate the many challenges and barriers associated with the electronic exchange of health information. Business entities may submit up to FIVE (5) separate applications per program, for separate locations.

Electronic Laboratory Reporting Incentive Program

KHIE is offering eligible healthcare facilities the opportunity to apply for a $20,000 incentive to offset the vendor fees associated with improving or establishing an Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) interface to the health information exchange (HIE).
Applicants are required to be a lab, including labs within hospitals and healthcare facilities, located and/or providing services in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Labs are also required to provide onsite testing and resulting. Funds may be used to offset technology upgrades or modifications required to establish an interface or to mitigate technical barriers directly related to electronic laboratory reporting. Business entities may submit up to FIVE (5) separate applications per program, for separate locations.

ELR Incentive Program Application

NEW Deadline: May 1, 2022

Electronic Case Reporting Incentive Program

KHIE is offering eligible healthcare facilities the opportunity to apply for a $10,000 incentive to offset the vendor fees associated with the implementation of technology to establish an Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) interface to the HIE.
Applicants are required to be a hospital or healthcare clinic, with an ordering facility, located and/or providing services in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Funds may be used to mitigate technical barriers or offset the costs directly associated with the implementation of the technology required to facilitate eCR. Business entities may submit up to FIVE (5) separate applications per program, for separate locations.

eCR Incentive Program Application

NEW Deadline: May 1, 2022

You may visit the KHIE Incentive Opportunities page HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Genoe, KHIE Program Manager at Brandi.Genoe@ky.gov.

WEBINAR OCT 27 – QPP YEAR 5: 2021 ATTESTATION PREP

We are now in the last quarter of the QPP Program Year 2021, and need to be aware of the deadlines for regulatory reporting programs. The Quality Payment Program reporting window is open from January 2nd until March 31st 2022.

During the webinar, our team of experts will help you address the final quarter, discuss documentation to retain, and best final efforts at improving performance in Promoting Interoperability and Quality measures. In addition, we will tell where to look to determine program eligibility, and where to report if this is your first year of participation in the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program.

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR: 2021 ATTESTATION PREP
WEDNESDAY OCT 27th 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.

QPP YEAR 5 WEBINAR SEPT 22: IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE – CREATING A CATALYST FOR IMPROVEMENT

Performance Year 5, 2021, of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is over halfway over! During our next QPP webinar, Kentucky REC experts will discuss the details of the Improvement Activities (IA) Performance Category to help you make informed decisions for improvement.

The Improvement Activities (IA) Performance Category aligns very well with processes we are already doing to improve our practices. The Final Rule changes for reporting in this category require more preparation and planning than previous years. We will discuss what you should keep in mind as we move toward finishing the 2021 Performance Year, ranging from best practices, to documenting as a large organization, and how to find the right activities for your organization.

QPP Year 5 Webinar: Improvement Activities Performance – Creating a Catalyst for Improvement*
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 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!