Category: Education


Register for FREE Advancing Care Information Webinar on August 28th at Noon EST

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16th August

Please join us for a deep dive into the Advancing Care Information reporting category for the Merit Based Incentive Program (MIPS).

Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Advancing Care Information (ACI) replaces the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and Meaningful Use.

In this hour we will cover the base score requirements, performance and bonus score components of the ACI category. We will also briefly touch on the 2015 ONC CEHRT ACI requirements for 2017 performance year and beyond.

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OIG To Investigate Meaningful Use Payments; Kentucky REC Can Help You Prepare

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15th August

From Healthcare IT News: The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General will review the accuracy of $14.6 billion in meaningful use payments made to hospitals by Medicare between 2011 and 2016. Earlier this year, the OIG estimated physicians were wrongfully paid $729 million under meaningful use.

Medicare incentive payments were authorized over a 5-year period to hospitals that adopted electronic health record technology. From January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made Medicare EHR incentive payments to hospitals totaling $14.6 billion, the OIG said.

The Government Accountability Office identified improper incentive payments as the primary risk to the Medicare EHR incentive program. An OIG report described the obstacles that CMS faces in overseeing the Medicare EHR incentive program. In addition, previous OIG reviews of Medicaid EHR incentive payments found that state … Read More »


FREE PCMH Webinar on August 31st, Cohort to begin on September 22nd

14th August

PCMH is an excellent practice transformation model for practices committed to access, communication, and care coordination. Now is also the perfect time to pursue recognition since your organization can receive full points in the Improvement Activities category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Our cohort framework is designed to accelerate your journey to NCQA PCMH Recognition within a 12-month period. Through our expert training, coaching, and resources, your staff will be well-prepared to carry out the practice transformation process.

Kentucky REC’s newest PCMH cohort will begin on September 22, 2017.

To learn about the PCMH program and our cohort services, join us for a FREE educational webinar on August 31st at 12PM EST.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of something special as we work to transform healthcare in Kentucky!

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CMS Issues a Correction to Previous Explanation of Special Status Under MIPS

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9th August

On Friday August 4th, CMS issued a correction of a previously released explanation of special status email. In this correction CMS points out that the initial post might lead to confusion regarding reporting requirements for Year 1 of MIPS. Please make sure that you verify eligibility and reporting requirements here or give us a call at 859-323-3090.

From the CMS Quality Payment Program Email:

Explanation of Special Status Calculation – Correction

On July 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed an email update with an explanation for its special status calculation for the Quality Payment Program. The message incorrectly stated that clinicians considered to have “special status” would be exempt from the Quality Payment Program.

Special status affects the number of total measures, activities, or entire categories that an individual clinician or group must report. Individual clinicians or groups with special … Read More »


CMS Finalizes 90-Day Reporting Period for Meaningful Use

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7th August

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has cemented a 90-day reporting period for attesting to meaningful use of electronic health records, part of a variety of flexibilities for hospitals and physicians in a final rule published Wednesday.

“We are establishing new requirements or revising existing requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs,” stated the rule, which goes into effect October 1, 2017.

For 2018, CMS will allow a 90-day reporting period. This is a significant difference from the complete year that CMS had aimed for under the Obama administration. This change applies to hospitals and physicians in the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use programs.

Also in 2018, CMS will allow healthcare providers to use 2014-certified EHRs, 2015-certified EHRs, or a combination. Initially, CMS was requiring 2015-edition EHRs beginning … Read More »