Category: Value Based Payment/MACRA


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 »


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.

Register Here


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.

Register Here

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 »


Two Kentucky REC PCMH Cohort Members Receive National Recognition

1st August

We are pleased to announce that two healthcare organizations participating in our Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Cohort have received national recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a well-respected, non-profit organization that has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the healthcare system. PCMH designation by NCQA is an indicator that healthcare practices and clinics are providing high-quality, patient-centered care to their clients and in their communities.

Congratulations to: Danville Pediatrics – Danville, KY – Level 3 and Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance, Inc. – Hazard, KY – Level 2

“The transformation process helped us to step back and take a closer look at written policies and processes for care of patients, allowing us to focus on specific groups of patients with chronic illnesses that sometimes may fail to receive improved health outcomes. It also enhanced the access to care … Read More »