NEWS RELEASE: University of Kentucky Chosen to Provide Support for Small Practices in CMS Quality Payment Program

Posted February 23rd in News, Value Based Payment/MACRA

cms-logo-smallThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a contract to Altarum Institute to help small practices in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

The University of Kentucky, in partnership with Altarum, will provide this technical assistance, authorized and funded under MACRA, bringing direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically under-served areas across the country. The direct technical assistance is available immediately, free to all MIPS eligible clinicians, and will deliver support for up to a five year period.

“This work showcases the leadership and innovation of our research and allows UK HealthCare to be on the front line of the changes ahead in healthcare. This work will allow us to improve patient care and outcomes and improve overall healthcare value across this region,” stated Rob Edwards, Chief External Affairs Officer for UK HealthCare.

UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Regional Extension Center will be the group in charge of providing customized technical assistance to MIPS eligible clinicians across the Commonwealth as a part of the SURS program, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

• Conveying the MIPS expectations and timelines
• Explaining the MIPS feedback report
• Creating a MIPS-score improvement plan
• Evaluating practice readiness for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM)
• Assessing and optimizing Health Information Technology
• Supporting change management and strategic planning
• Developing and disseminating education and training materials
• Enabling peer-to-peer learning and local partnerships

“The University of Kentucky is excited for the opportunity to be a key catalyst in innovation and research as we change the way healthcare is delivered and physicians are compensated. This work will ignite transformational change in one of the most under-served, economically challenged regions in the United States, characterized by significant morbidity and mortality from chronic disease. The significance of this work for our region and the entire country cannot be overstated,” says Trudi Matthews, Managing Director of UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Regional Extension Center.

Kentucky Regional Extension Center can be contacted by phone at 859-323-3090, via email at or you can visit our website at You can also follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at

For more information on the Quality Payment Program, visit or contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 or emailing

Reminder: 2015 CMS EHR Payment Adjustment Reconsideration Forms Due February 28th

Posted February 20th in Uncategorized

doctormoney_2Important Upcoming CMS Deadline:

Reconsideration Forms for the 2017 Payment Adjustment Based on the 2015 EHR Reporting Period are due February 28, 2017

The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Please visit the CMS website to find the EP Reconsideration Application. Complete this application if you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error.

For more guidance on completing the application, review the EP Reconsideration Instructions or e-mail

For More Information

For more information on Payment Adjustments and Hardship applications, or for information on reporting requirements, please visit the EHR Incentive Programs webpage.

Contact the Kentucky REC with your questions. Our advisors are here to help you navigate healthcare IT, regulatory issues and more. 859-323-3090

FREE Meaningful Use and MACRA Webinar – March 14th – 12PM (EST)

Posted February 14th in Education, Event


Please join us for our FREE one-hour webinar, Beyond Meaningful Use: Getting Ready for MACRA, on March 14th at 12 PM (EST).

During this webinar, we will discuss what’s next for the Meaningful Use program and how the Medicare Meaningful Use program will transition into the Advancing Care Information category of MACRA. We will also review the changes in healthcare reporting and reimbursements brought about by the MACRA legislation and describe what is needed to prepare for reporting.

Finally, we will discuss how our team of Practice Transformation Advisors can help you prepare for the changing healthcare landscape.

Register Here

CMS Extended Deadline for 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

Posted February 13th in Education, News, PQRS

PQRS iconCMS announced that it is extending the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the EHR reporting mechanism. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) now have until March 13, 2017 to submit 2016 EHR data via QRDA. The original submission deadline was February 28, 2017.

A complete list of 2016 data submission time frames is below:

March 13, 2017 deadlines:
• EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/3/17 – 3/13/17
• Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) – 1/3/17 – 3/13/17

March 17, 2017 deadline:
• Web Interface – 1/16/17 – 3/17/17

March 31, 2017 deadlines:
• Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17
• QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17

Submission ends at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the end date listed. An Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account with the “Submitter Role” is required for these PQRS data submission methods. Please see the EIDM System Toolkit for additional information.

EPs who do not satisfactorily report 2016 quality measure data to meet the PQRS requirements will be subject to a downward PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services rendered in 2018. For questions, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 or via email at from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Complete information about PQRS is available here.


2016 Kentucky Medicaid MU Attestations Accepted February 13th

Posted February 9th in Hospitals, Meaningful Use, News

cms_incent_logoThe Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will be accepting attestations for Program Year 2016 Meaningful Use beginning Thursday, February 13th at 1:00 pm.

User manuals for EPs and EHs for Program Year 2016 are located on the EHR website, under the Manuals section. The deadline to submit an attestation for Program Year 2016 is 11:59 pm, March 31, 2017. Any attestation that is in process after that time will be closed out and not eligible for participation. In the event of any questions or concerns, you may contact the EHR team by emailing or calling (502) 564-0105 extension 2463.