Category: Education


Tougher Meaningful Use Audits Ahead; Kentucky REC Can Help You Prepare

22nd June

Be Ready! A recent audit by the OIG revealed that CMS issued hundreds of millions of dollars worth of incorrect EHR incentive payments.

Per the EHR Incentive Program, documentation to support attestation data for meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures should be retained for six years post-attestation.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Medicare erroneously paid an estimated $729 million to doctors and other health professionals under a multibillion-dollar federal initiative designed to shift the health-care system from paper records to computer files, according to a new federal audit.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which conducted the audit, said Medicare, over a three-year period, improperly paid health professionals who vouched they earned bonus payments under the initiative, but who either lacked required proof or failed to meet bonus criteria.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency … Read More »


Watch our new MACRA Overview Module – CE Credit Available

Posted by kentuckyrec in Education, Service Offering. No Comments

30th May

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a transformative law that will ultimately lead the American health care system away from a fee-for-service model and towards a new risk-bearing, value-based, coordinated care models. MACRA will drive payment and delivery reform across the payer mix for the foreseeable future in an attempt to lessen the overall burden of ever-climbing healthcare costs in the US.

Anyone who bills Medicare Part B for more than $30,000 or sees more than 100 Medicare Part B patients must participate in MIPS/MACRA. Eligible Clinicians include: MD, DO, NP, PA, CNS, CRNA.

Kentucky Regional Extension Center has launched a FREE MACRA Overview Module. One hour of CME credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™) is available.

Watch the MACRA Overview Module Here

Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

Review the changes in health care reporting and … Read More »


Kentucky REC’s FREE MIPS and MACRA Support Services

22nd May

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a transformative law that will ultimately lead the American health care system away from a fee-for-service model and towards a new risk-bearing, value-based, coordinated care models. MACRA will drive payment and delivery reform across the payer mix for the foreseeable future in an attempt to lessen the overall burden of ever-climbing healthcare costs in the US.

Anyone who bills Medicare Part B for more than $30,000 or sees more than 100 Medicare Part B patients must participate in MIPS/MACRA. Eligible Clinicians include: MD, DO, NP, PA, CNS, CRNA.

The good news: Kentucky REC is here to help. We have been awarded a grant from CMS to establish the Quality Payment Program Resource Center™ to provide FREE help to eligible clinicians as they navigate participation in the CMS Quality Payment Program focused on supporting … Read More »


Ransomware: Are You Protected?

15th May

On May 12, 2017 The Department for Homeland Security released the following report:

US-CERT has received multiple reports of WannaCry ransomware infections in several countries around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored.

Can HIPAA compliance help covered entities and business associates prevent infections of malware, including ransomware?

Yes. The HIPAA Security Rule requires implementation of security measures that can help prevent the introduction of malware, including ransomware. Some of the required security measures include:

• implementing a security management process, which includes conducting a risk analysis to identify threats and vulnerabilities to electronic protected health information (ePHI) and implementing security measures to mitigate or remediate … Read More »


CMS NPI Lookup Tool for MIPS 2017 Eligibility Status

Posted by kentuckyrec in Education, News, Value Based Payment/MACRA. No Comments

9th May

CMS has followed up the MIPS Notification letters with a helpful tool to look up provider eligibility by individual NPI. To access the NPI lookup tool, go to http://qpp.cms.gov and click on the green “Check Now >” button as seen in the screenshot below.

From there, you can enter the provider’s individual NPI to check their eligibility. This tool should help anyone who is unsure about their provider’s status with MIPS for 2017. If CMS data reflects that the provider is required to submit data to MIPS, the following screen will state” “Included in MIPS; (Providers Name) must submit data to MIPS by March 2018″ along with a new green button labeled “What Can I Do Now?”.

If the provider isn’t required to submit data to MIPS for 2017, the screen will show: “Exempt from MIPS; (Provider Name) is not required to … Read More »