Kentucky REC FREE HIPAA Security Webinar – April 11

Posted March 27th in HIPAA Information, News


Register today to learn about your required Security Risk Analysis. Stay compliant!

Please join us for a discussion on HIPAA Security Rule basics and best practices. We will cover tips, tools, and tactics for implementing thorough compliance in 2017.

The Kentucky REC Privacy and Security experts will be hosting a webinar to share the requirements and processes for completing an annual Security Risk Analysis. Our expert panel will discuss the required/addressable standards of the HIPAA Security Rule and defensible steps that practices can take to ensure they are meeting all compliance requirements.  In this conversation our experts will ensure that organizations are equipped with compliance best practices and the most up-to-date methods for completing a Security Risk Analysis. In addition, our experts will cover the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) audit protocols, highlighting how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) concentrates their efforts across the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rule.  We will discuss the Kentucky REC Security Risk Analysis and Project Management Services that help practices mitigate gaps.

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Intended Audience:

  • Covered Entities who electronically transmit any health information
  • Business Associates
  • Compliance Officers
  • Information Technology Managers

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the frequency and method for conducting a Security Risk Analysis
  • Learn the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recommended steps to conduct a Security Risk Analysis
  • Learn best practices and tactics to reduce breaches in your organization
  • Understand OCR audit protocol and how to prepare if you are a Covered Entity or Business Associate
  • Discuss the services Kentucky REC experts provide in order to help medical practices with compliance

We look forward to our discussion. HIPAA Security Rule Webinar:  April 11th at 12:00 pm EST

Register Here



Kentucky REC’s newest Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Cohort will begin June 23rd

Posted March 20th in Education, PCMH


The Patient-Centered Specialty Practice is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition program that extends the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) concepts to specialists. Specialty practices committed to access, communication and care coordination can earn accolades as the “neighbors” that surround and inform the medical home and colleagues in primary care.

This cohort framework is designed to accelerate your journey to NCQA PCSP Recognition within a 14-16 month period. Through our expert training, coaching, and resources, your staff will be well-prepared to carry out the practice transformation process.

Now is the perfect time! By receiving recognition as a PCSP, 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).

To learn about the PCSP program and our Cohort services, join us for a FREE educational webinar on April 4th, 2017 at 12pm.

Register Here

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of something special as we work to transform healthcare in Kentucky!
For more information about joining the Kentucky REC PCSP Cohort, please email Megan Housley or Stephen Williams or call 859-323-3090.

Download the PCMH/PCSP Cohort Flyer



FREE Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Opportunity from Kentucky Ambulatory Network

Posted March 13th in Education, News

announcementAttention healthcare clinics in South and Southeastern KY (ADD Areas: Lincoln Trail, Barren River, Lake Cumberland, Cumberland Valley, and Kentucky River).

Is your clinic interested in learning Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods which could lead to better rates of Lung Cancer Screening and tobacco cessation in your patient population…FOR FREE?

The Kentucky Ambulatory Network is looking for Primary Care Clinics to participate in a potential National Institute for Health funded project to assess whether Continuous Quality Improvement implementation can increase rates of lung cancer screening and tobacco cessation referrals in a primary care patient population. All materials, training, and a practice facilitator are free to clinics, and clinics receive financial reimbursement for participation.

Please download the flyer: Lung Cancer Screening CQI project, and contact the Kentucky Ambulatory Network at or (859) 323-6713.

March 13 – Medicare EHR Incentive Program Attestation Deadline

Posted March 10th in Education, Meaningful Use, News

Participants in the cms-logo-smallMedicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Must Attest by Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Important Notice Regarding eReporting CQMs:
If you are an Eligible Professional (EP) with an attestation status of “Pending eReporting,” you have selected to report your Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) electronically through one of the mechanisms below. If you have not submitted your CQMs electronically through one of the available mechanisms for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) by the deadline, your attestation will expire and you will not meet meaningful use. You may choose to MODIFY your attestation and enter your CQMs manually to attest successfully to meaningful use. NOTE: The deadline for electronic reporting for EPs is 3/31/2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

If you are an Eligible Hospital or CAH with an attestation status of “Pending eReporting,” you have selected to report your 4 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) electronically through the QualityNet Secure Portal for both the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs. If you do not submit your CQMs electronically through the QualityNet Secure Portal by the submission deadline, your attestation will expire and you will not meet meaningful use. You may choose to MODIFY your attestation and enter your 16 CQMs manually to attest successfully to meaningful use. NOTE: The deadline for electronic reporting of CQMs for Hospitals is 3/13/2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

To enter your 16 CQMs manually:

  • Click MODIFY in the Attestation tab
  • De-select eReporting and choose Option 2: “I will manually enter my CQMs into the online attestation.”
  • Enter your CQMs and submit your attestation. You will receive a “Successful attestation” confirmation page.

Deadline to Modify is Monday, March 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Providers who submitted their CQMs electronically will see “Pending eReporting” until after the submission period closes and the outcomes are scheduled to be transmitted. For hospitals, this will occur around late March or early April 2017; for EPs, it will happen around late April or early May 2017.
The prior eCQM status of “Pending eReporting” will be replaced by one of two messages: “Locked for Payment” or “Expired.” If the message reads “Locked for Payment,” the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is indicating the provider completed the electronic reporting option for CQMs successfully. If the message reads “Expired,” the message is indicating the provider did not complete the CQM electronic reporting option successfully.
For more information, visit the Registration and Attestation page on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

Contact the Kentucky REC at 859-323-3090

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