CMS Finalizes 90-Day Reporting Period for Meaningful Use

Posted August 7th in Education, Meaningful Use, News

cms-logo-smallThe 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 in January 2018. However, healthcare organizations had raised concerns that the 2015-certified EHRs were more sophisticated and that they would not have enough time to install and test the systems.

In a statement, CMS administrator Seema Verma said this final rule will provide flexibility for acute and long-term care hospitals as they treat Medicare’s sickest patients.

Read the original article here.

Experts at Kentucky REC are here to help you with your questions and issues. Call us at 859-323-3090


UKHC Kentucky REC’s Rob Edwards Nominated for MediStar Award

Posted August 1st in Awards

Rob-EdwardsWe are pleased to announce that UK HealthCare Kentucky Regional Extension Center’s Executive Director, Rob Edwards, has been nominated for the Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award, part of the 2017 MediStar Awards presented by IGE Media.

The Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award is presented to an individual or organization that has worked to raise awareness of health challenges in our region and worked to affect change.

Since 20017, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors seven healthcare professionals for their achievement in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership, aging care, as well as announces the physician and nurse of the year.

Congratulations to Rob for this excellent honor!

See the full list of nominees here.

Two Kentucky REC PCMH Cohort Members Receive National Recognition

PCMH house stethoscopeWe 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 through open scheduling, extended hours and new options for communication with the care team. Now each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician that provides first contact, continuous and comprehensive care. We improved a more developed approach to helping adolescents transition from pediatrics into the adult care setting by providing a direct patient care team. The process also allowed more efficient use of staff and practice resources, resulting in cost savings.” -Front office manager of Danville Pediatrics

These organizations have worked diligently to improve patient care in their practices and communities.

Kentucky REC provides coaching and assistance to support practices and clinics as they transform from a traditional sick care model to new models focused on comprehensive, coordinated care that keeps patients healthier and reduces complications. Care provided by clinicians in a PCMH is consistently associated with better outcomes, reduced mortality, fewer preventable hospital admissions for patients with chronic diseases, lower utilization, improved patient compliance with recommended care, and lower Medicare costs.

By receiving recognition as a PCMH, your organization will receive full points in the Improvement Activities category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

The Kentucky REC is enrolling practices now for new PCMH cohort to start on September 22. Contact us to find out about how this program can help you and your practice. Call us at 859-323-3090 to find out more.

Reminder: Join us for our 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

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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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 Community College
The Rocky Adkins Pavilion
902 Technology Drive
Grayson, KY 41143
9:30AM – 3PM EST

Registration Fee

Clinicians/Practice Representatives/Non-profit organizations: $25
Vendors and Non-Practice Representatives: $75

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

MACRA QPP Image SquareCMS 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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