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KY REC and Partners Commit to Helping KY Clinicians Successfully Participate in MACRA QPP

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17th August

Kentucky REC and our partners have made the bold commitment to helping 90 percent of eligible clinicians in the state successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program for performance year 2017.

Press Release below:

The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), Kentucky Rural Healthcare Information Organization (KRHIO), Qsource — a member of atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) — and the University of Kentucky’s Regional Extension Center (KY REC) have made the bold commitment to helping 90 percent of eligible clinicians in the state successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program for performance year 2017. The Quality Payment Program is new federal legislation altering the way clinicians are reimbursed for their Medicare Part B encounters. Since 2017 is the transition year into the MIPS program, clinicians have multiple reporting … Read More »


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 »


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 »


Reminder: Join us for our 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

1st August

Join us as we travel across the Commonwealth to provide an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program!

There are significant changes to physician payments that are now tied to quality and value. This event will prepare healthcare providers for the changes under MACRA and Value-Based Payment. We will explore: QPP Eligibility, QPP Reporting Metrics, Improvement Activities, ACI and Meaningful Use, HIPAA Requirements, and Quality Improvement.

Lunch will be provided!
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Dates/Locations

August 18, 2017 – London, KY
London Community Center
Room AB
529 S Main St
London, KY 40741
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2017 – Georgetown, KY
Georgetown College
Banquet Hall
100 Crawford Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 28, 2017 – Paducah, KY
Baptist Health Paducah
Heart Center Auditorium
2501 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY 42003
9:30AM – 3PM CST

October 5, 2017 – Ashland, KY
Ashland … Read More »


August 10th – FREE Webinar – New MACRA QPP Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM)

19th July

CMS recently released a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) for program changes to the Quality Payment Program under MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015).

The federal register version is over 1000 pages and there are some significant changes. Most of these changes will affect Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program, not the current Year 1 requirements.

Join us on August 10th at Noon (EST) for a FREE webinar where we will discuss the new NPRM and changes to the Quality Payment Program that will affect your organization.

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