PCPCC Conference Scholarships Available for TCPI participants!

 

Conference Scholarships Available!

 

Calling all providers, patients/patient advisors, and
quality improvement coaches participating in TCPI:


You're invited to join us at our Annual 'Primary Care Innovations' Conference in Washington, DC on October 11-12, 2017! This year's conference features innovators in primary care that exemplify the Shared Principles of Care, and we want you to be included in this groundbreaking event. 

As a TCPI scholar, you will have the opportunity to dialogue with subject matter experts on implications of these innovations for person and family engagement (PFE). You can also gain access to attend our post-conference workshop that will examine application of PFE strategies with Choosing Wisely recommendations. 


 

For more information and to apply for a scholarship, click here!

*Teams that include patients/patient advisors, providers, and QI coaches will be given scholarship preference.

Support for MIPS 2018 final rule proposal to help small, independent and rural practices

NCQA Offers Comments to CMS on Quality Payment Program 2018 Rule

Excerpted from article published August 15, 2017 by Rajiv Leventhal, Healthcare Informatics

In June, CMS released the proposed 2018 rule for the QPP, designed with a core focus to simplify the program—especially for small, independent and rural practices. As part of this assistance for smaller practices, CMS is proposing to offer virtual group participation next year, which would allow solo practitioners and small practices to join together to report on MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) requirements as a collective entity—which in theory would ease the burden for these physicians. 

In its recent comments to CMS, NCQA said “this is a key step toward helping small practices advance toward accountable, team-based, patient-centered care models. NCQA patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and patient-centered specialty practices (PCSPs) have demonstrated commitment to improving cost and quality and therefore make ideal virtual group partners. We look forward to exploring how NCQA can support CMS and clinicians in creating virtual groups. We urge you to provide bonus points as incentive for clinicians to join virtual groups. We also urge you to encourage, rather than prohibit, low-volume clinicians’ participation in virtual groups.”

Click here to read the full article

 

Announcements of Note from the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP)

EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception Application Due by October 1

Eligible professionals (EPs) who are first-time participants in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2017 are eligible to apply for a one-time hardship exception by October 1, 2017. A first-time EP may apply for this one-time significant hardship to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment if:

  • The EP is a first-time participant in the EHR Incentive Program in CY 2017 and intends to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in CY 2017
  • The EP is transitioning to Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2017 performance period
  • The EP intends to report on measures specified for the Advancing Care Information performance category under the MIPS in 2017

For More Information:

  • Quality Payment Program Service Center at 866-288-8292 (TTY 877-715-6222) or QPP@cms.hhs.gov
  • EHR Information Center at 888-734-6433 (press 1)

 

Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for 2017 Transition Year Open

The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is available on the Quality Payment Program website. Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information performance category score to 0% of the final score and can submit a hardship exception application for one of the following specified reasons:

  • Insufficient internet connectivity
  • Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
  • Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

There are some MIPS eligible clinicians who are considered Special Status, who will be automatically reweighted (or exempted in the case of MIPS eligible clinicians participating in a MIPS Alternative Payment Model) and do not need to submit a Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application.

 

Quality Payment Program: Explanation of Special Status Calculation — Correction

CMS recently sent a message incorrectly stating that clinicians considered to have “special status” would be exempt from the Quality Payment Program. These circumstances are applicable for rural, non-patient facing and hospital-based clinicians, as well as clinicians in Health Professional Shortage Areas and small practices. 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 status are not exempt from the Quality Payment Program because of their special status determination.

 

Join the discussion! How does primary care impact practice transformation?

Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) Special Event!

On Wednesday, August 16 from 4-5:00 pm ET, the PCPCC will host a special webinar to review new evidence that links the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other forms of advanced primary care with improved outcomes-- as highlighted in our released report, "The Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality, and  Utilization". 

The report reviews PCMH results from 45 peer-reviewed reports and additional government and state evaluations.

Dr. Yalda Jabbarpour, primary author of the evidence report, from the Robert Graham Center and Georgetown Department of Family Medicine, will lead the discussion.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Don't miss the HealthDoers Network Transformation Event August 15, 2017!

We're inviting you to attend this event hosted by our trusted TCPI Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement SAN partners and the HealthDoers Network to learn more about how transformation efforts can improve health. The summit will provide leaders, senior executives, quality improvement and population health professionals theory and insights to help build or sustain cultures that support transformation. Also be sure to attend the opening reception the night before!

Click here to register for this event!          
And don't forget to tweet on Twitter #Transform17

This event is made possible through the funding of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

CMS wants to get direct feedback from you at two upcoming virtual events!

TCPI Transformation Clinician Forum

The purpose of the August clinician events is for CMS to be in dialogue with TCPI-enrolled primary care and specialty care clinicians. CMS wants to hear reactions from the TCPI Clinician community as to how they feel about practice transformation and where they are in their transformation progress and moving into QPP. The topics for these calls are driven by the TCPI AIMs – clinical and operational improvement for patients and clinical practices. Specifically, in August 2017, the calls will be focused on:

·        QPP and the resources available to clinicians to master QPP (TCPI!)

·        The most important changes a practice must make to thrive in the future and practice readiness to participate in TCPI (The TCPI drivers)

·        Addressing the U.S. opioid crisis and the significance of medication management.  How will my practice be engaged?

 

TCPI Clinician Event 1: Click on the dates below to register

August Primary Care Clinician Events

·        Tuesday, August 22nd 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET

·        Tuesday, August 22nd 8:00pm - 9:00pm ET

August Specialty Care Clinician Events

·        Wednesday, August 23rd 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET

·        Wednesday, August 23rd 8:00pm - 9:00pm ET

 

TCPI Clinician Event 2: Click on the dates below to register

November Primary Care Clinician Events

·        Tuesday, November 7th 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET

·        Tuesday, November 7th 8:00pm - 9:00pm ET

November Specialty Care Clinician Events

·        Wednesday, November 8th 6:30pm - 7:30pm ET

·        Wednesday, November 8th 8:00pm - 9:00pm ET

Webinar: Coordinating Mental Health Care with Psychiatrists

Wednesday March 22, 2017, 12:00 pm ET

In this free webinar, presented by the American Psychiatric Association, primary care physicians will be introduced to the Collaborative Care Model – an evidence-based integrated care model that can help your practice increase access to quality behavioral health care while improving outcomes. In January 2017, CMS released payment codes specifically for this model of care. Join the webinar and learn more about the model, the reimbursement codes, and how to connect with a psychiatrist in your area.  See more information on this flyer. 

Presenters:

  • ƒƒKristin Kroeger, APA’s Chief of Policy, Programs, & Partnership and Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., APA’s Director of Education
  • ƒƒJohn Kern, MD, AIMS Center at the University of Washington
  • ƒƒRay Rion, MD, Packard Health

Details:

Date:       Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time:       12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST)
Sign Up:  http://APApsy.ch/PCPwebinar

Meet us in Orlando at FMX 2016-PRIME SAN in the Expo Hall Sept. 21-23

Come visit with the PRIME Support and Alignment Network team in person at the Family Medicine Experience (FMX), the largest annual meeting of family physicians, September 20-24, in Orlando, FL.

We'll be in booth #543, in the Expo Hall Sept. 21-23, answering your transformation questions and demonstrating the PRIME Registry dashboard tool!

Come see how our PRIME Registry population health and performance improvement tool can help your practice move through the phases of transformation and prepare to succeed in a value-based reimbursement environment!

 Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 Grand Opening! 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Friday, September 23rd, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Chapter President promotes TCPI, PRIME SAN, and COSEHC PTN

GAFP Chapter President, Dr. Mitzi B. Rubin writes chapter members with details on the benefits available to GA family physicians and their practices, through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. PRIME SAN Program Manager, Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, and COSEHC PTN Program Director Debra Simmons will be presenting on a TCPI panel at the GAFP Summer CME meeting in Hilton Head – June 10th and 11th. 

 

Ohio Academy of Family Physicians-Weekly Family Medicine Update Spotlights PRIME Support and Alignment Network

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians teamed up with us to promote the PRIME Support and Alignment Network Community to Ohio family physicians. Through the landmark, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi), the PRIME SAN adds some great benefits to the free practice-level assistance provided through the Practice Transformation Networks. This initiative was designed to help practices successfully transition to new CMS reimbursement models and reporting demands under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).