Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
An e-NEWSLETTER from Quality Insights                                                                             September 29, 2017

In This Issue

project icon Quality Insights, through Mathematica Policy Research, is contracted to assist the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the development, maintenance, and testing of clinical quality measures for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). 

measuresWe are currently seeking and recruiting clinical subject matter experts to engage in our clinical subcommittees, known as Expert Working Groups (EWG). We are exploring various measure concepts that could be developed into a new medication safety measure. Literature review will be forth coming to help guide the measure concept discussion. Clinical subject matter experts that participate in this group will help determine and steer the concepts that will aid in further development of a new medication safety measure. For details on participation and the process for joining our EWG, please click here.
For additional information about QI measures work, please click here. If there are any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jessica Kinder.
Your input in our measure development activities is extremely important, and we look forward to hearing from you.
ELIGIBLE PROVIDERS Facing 2018 Payment Adjustments Should Take Action by October 1 

deadline eligibleCMS recently released important information about the upcoming October 1 deadline for 2017 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

October 1, 2017 is the deadline for:
  • First-time Meaningful Use participants in the EHR Incentive Programs to attest to 2017 program requirements in order to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment.
  • Eligible providers (EPs) to submit a Hardship Exception Application for EHR technology decertified during 2016 to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment.
EPs who have not successfully demonstrated Meaningful Use in a prior year under the EHR Incentive Program and intend to transition to MIPS in 2017 to submit a Hardship Exception Application and avoid the 2018 payment adjustment.
the clock is ticking: the last reporting period for program year 2017 in the medicaid ehr incentive program begins october 1  

clock icon clockThe last reporting period for Program Year 2017 in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is October 3 to December 31, 2017. Applications for this program are processed by the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance (MA) EHR Incentive Program in the order in which they are received. Ensuring that you upload/provide accurate supporting documentation really helps during processing. The MA program is  currently processing applications for Meaningful Use and and Adopt-Implement-Upgrade (AIU) from the weeks of February 27th and March 25th respectively. If you want to know what is appropriate supporting documentation, visit the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR) Resources page. 

If you have any questions, please email
mark your calendar for these upcoming diabetes events 

wellness challenge poster eventsWellness Challenge is a new online resource to help in the fight against diabetes and obesity, and is part of a statewide initiative to promote healthy living, physical activity and weight management to prevent and manage prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

"In Pennsylvania, more than 3.5 million adults are living with prediabetes, and more than one million have already been diagnosed with diabetes," said Christina Miller, executive director at Health Promotion Council. "If you think you or a loved one is at risk of diabetes, we encourage you to visit to identify that risk and learn ways to prevent and manage this preventable disease."

The initiative will culminate with two Wellness Challenge events, featuring Fitness and Transformation Motivator Shaun T, during National Diabetes Awareness Month in November. Below please find details about these free events. 

Pittsburgh Wellness Challenge
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Register Here

Philadelphia Wellness Challenge
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
Register Here

American Diabetes Association Events
sneaker-walking Philadelphia Step Out to Walk to Stop Diabetes
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Participating in the Philadelphia Step Out Walk is an experience you will never forget. You will be joining your community members along the beautiful route who share your passion to fight diabetes. You will be helping people right in your community who live with this disease every day. Click here to learn more and to register.

Pittsburgh Diabetes Expo
Saturday, November 4, 2017
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh Diabetes Expo focusing on wellness information, health resources, and interactive experiences.  Pittsburgh Diabetes Expo provides a forum for intensive exchange of questions and answers about diabetes prevention and management, and a myriad of resources devoted to a healthy lifestyle. Learn more.
contact information

For more details about the Improving Hypertension and Diabetes Care & Prevention project, please contact Rhonda Dodson.
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Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control 
Diabetes,  Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health federal grant from the Centers for 
Disease Control  and Prevention. Publication number: PADOH-HD-092917