Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
An e-NEWSLETTER from Quality Insights                                                                                          May 16, 2017

In This Issue


strokeStroke can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), stroke in young adults is increasing at an alarming rate across the U.S. On top of that, 73 percent of young Americans are not familiar with stroke symptoms and the need for urgent medical attention.
As a healthcare professional, you're in a unique position to influence patients, families and the community at large. Through these relationships, you can promote healthy lifestyle changes and educate the public about stroke. You can share key facts, helping people understand that:
  • Stroke is all around us
  • 80 percent of strokes are preventable
  • Stroke is largely treatable
stroke prevention toolkit Prevention helps end stroke before they happen, and key to this is teaching patients how to control their blood pressure. The more your patients know about high blood pressure and its role in raising the risk for stroke, the better. 

For a great selection of stroke prevention tools and resources, download the American Stroke Association's  American Stroke Month Healthcare Provider Toolkit.
infographic highlights stroke risk factors and solutions for managing them   

infographicIn support of Stroke Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has released an infographic for healthcare professionals to share with patients to draw attention to the key risk factors for stroke and also some solutions for managing them.   

quick quiz: test your diabetes knowledge

check mark quizWant to test your knowledge about diabetes? See if you know the answers to these two questions.

1. According to the American Diabetes Association's (ADA's) guidelines, how often should you intensify therapy for patients with diabetes who have not reached their A1C goal?

   A. Every month
   B. Every 3 months
   C. Every 6 months
   D. Every 9 months
   E. Every 12 months

2.  A 62-year-old man presents with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and albuminuria. His seated BP is 162/104 mm Hg. What's an ideal blood pressure target for this patient?

   A. 140/90 mm Hg
   B. 130/80 mm Hg
   C. 120/70 mm Hg
   D. 150/80 mm HG

annual update for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures for CY 2018 now available

ECQMsThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted the annual updates for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (ECQMs), including:
These updated eCQMs are fully specified and may be used to electronically report 2018 clinical quality measure data for CMS quality reporting programs. Measures will not be eligible for 2018 reporting unless they are proposed and finalized through notice-and-comment rulemaking for each applicable program. Learn more.
CMS Releases Lookup Tool to Help Clinicians Determine their MIPS Participation Status 

lookupUnsure of your participation status in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? 
Clinicians can now use an interactive tool on the CMS Quality Payment Program website to determine if they should participate in the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program in 2017.

To determine your status, enter your national provider identifier (NPI) into the entry field on the tool which can be found on the Quality Payment Program website. Information will then be provided on whether or not you should participate in MIPS this year and where to find resources. 

health it icon Participation Criteria
You will participate in MIPS in 2017 if you:
  • Bill Medicare Part B more than $30,000 a year AND
  • See more than 100 Medicare patients a year.
You must also be a:
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Certified nurse practitioner
If you are new to Medicare in 2017, you do not participate in MIPS. You may also be exempt if you qualify for one of the special rules for certain types of clinicians, or are participating in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). To learn more, review the MIPS Participation Fact Sheet.
If you are not in the program in 2017, you can participate voluntarily and you will not be subject to payment adjustments.
Participation Notification Letters
CMS recently sent letters in the mail notifying clinicians of their MIPS participation status. See a sample of the letter (zip) which is another resource for clinicians to use to determine their status.

For More Information
To get the latest information, visit the Quality Payment Program website. The Quality Payment Program Service Center may be reached at 1.866.288.8292 (TTY 1.877.715.6222), available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET or via email.
contact information

For more details about the Improving Hypertension and Diabetes Care & Prevention project, please email Rhonda Dodson or call 1.800.642.8686, Ext. 7711.
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