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Client Experience in the Patient Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Program

18th July

It’s always nice to hear positive feedback from our clients. Here is a testimonial by one of our client practices that participated in our Patient Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) program.

“Kentucky REC has been one of the best learning environments and innovative programs I have encountered throughout this healthcare transformation journey that effectively met the needs and improved our organization. I was impressed with how quickly they implemented suggestions from feedback to make our continued learning process truly catered to the needs of the cohort. Our advisors are always so positive and encouraging even if we simply needed a supportive voice to motivate. Our advisors were readily available to answer any question we had or to promptly get questions answered, communicate changes, navigate some of those changes alongside us, and cultivated a trusting relationship with our practice to overcome any barriers … Read More »

CMS Notice of Proposed Rule Making for the Quality Payment Program & MACRA

3rd 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). You can read the press release here.

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.

Some of these changes are to bring the Quality Payment Program into alignment with the 21st Century Cures Act. This act was passed in December 2016 after the MACRA final rule was released.

The fact sheet is available here. Contact the Kentucky REC with your questions. Our expert advisors are here to help. Call us at 859-323-3090.

Warning: Current International Ransomware Campaign

29th June

The U.S. government is aware of an international ransomware campaign that may be affecting Healthcare and Public Health Sector assets in addition to other Sectors. Please review the information below and share with colleagues.
You may send additional questions to

HHS/ASPR Critical Infrastructure Protection Program:

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack
If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:
1. Please contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force or US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force  immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.
2. Please report cyber incidents to the US-CERT and FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
3. **NEW** If your facility experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices, … Read More »

CMS Web Interface Registration Deadline: June 30th

26th June

Friday June 30th is the deadline to register for using the CMS Web Interface (formerly GPRO) to report MIPS for your group’s 2017 performance year.

June 30th is also the deadline to participate in the CAHPS for MIPS Survey, which measures patient experience and can contribute to your group TIN’s MIPS score.

If your group submitted last year via GPRO for 2016 PQRS data, and you choose to do the same this year, you don’t need to re-register. If you choose to report using a different mechanism after using GPRO last year, you must opt out by June 30, 2017.

The CMS Web Interface is for groups of 25 clinicians or more. To help you decide if the CMS Web Interface is the right reporting mechanism for your practice, obtain the CMS Fact Sheet here.

Registration can be done via the CMS QPP … Read More »

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 »