Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
An e-NEWSLETTER from Quality Insights                                                                                     March 24, 2017

In This Issue

patient with nurse MAPThe M.A.P. (Measure, Act, Partner) to prevent type 2 diabetes is a resource developed as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Medical Association's (AMA) Prevent Diabetes STAT campaign that physicians and care teams can use to determine roles and responsibilities for identifying adult patients with prediabetes and referring to community-based diabetes prevention programs. 


traintoThe American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is now offering CDC Approved Lifestyle Coaching Training to teach the necessary skills to deliver a successful National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at your site. 

This training is based on the curriculum developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with additional insight from AADE DPP who has been working with DSME sites nationwide to guide them on effective delivery of the National DPP. 

AADE can provide the two day in-person training and web-based learning resources to DSME sites, individual Diabetes Educators, or staff at organizations that are interested in delivering a quality DPP program with trained staff. 

Upon completion of the training, attendees will be designated "Lifestyle Coaches," and will be confident to enable participants to make long-lasting lifestyle changes to better their health and to educate community members on how the National DPP can prevent/delay type 2 diabetes.  Click here for more information.

DPPOn July 7, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to expand the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) starting January 1, 2018. 

On November 4, 2016, CMS released the final rule in the 2017 Physician Fee Schedule. The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) final rule finalizes aspects of the expansion that will enable organizations, including those new to Medicare, to prepare for enrollment into Medicare as MDPP suppliers. Finalized policies include the definition of the MDPP benefit, beneficiary eligibility criteria, and supplier eligibility and enrollment criteria.  Learn more .
promoting diabetes alert day ® on social media 

prediabetes stats alertDiabetes Alert Day® is next Tuesday, March 28. This is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in American adults by asking America to take the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

Using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, is a quick and easy way to promote diabetes awareness and encourage people to take the diabetes risk test. Below are some messages you can customize and post on your practice's social media feeds:
Diabetes Awareness Hits the Airwaves
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) will be promoting diabetes awareness, prevention and resources on various radio stations across the state in support of Diabetes Alert Day. PA DOH Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dr. Loren Robinson, and PA DOH Director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Tomas Aguilar, will both be interviewed on several radio shows to discuss the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle to help prevent and manage diabetes.  Make sure to listen for these interviews on your local radio stations.
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CMSMIPSMany of you will be attesting for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive programs for 2016 and preparing for changes that are forthcoming with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)/Quality Payment Program. This information will be of value to you and Quality Insights is poised to assist you as you navigate the various programs.

Please find the most recent MIPS/Quality Payment Program announcements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) below.    
Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM) Will be Unavailable the Weekend of March 24, 2017

exclamation point EIDMCMS would like to inform Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) participants that the Enterprise Identity Management System (EIDM) will be unavailable Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26 during the following times:
  • Friday, March 24 at 9:00 p.m. through Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. 
The outage occurs during the 2016 PQRS data submission period. CMS encourages eligible professionals (EPs) participating in PQRS via registry or qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) reporting mechanisms, or reporting using an electronic health record (EHR), to be proactive and submit data before the Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET submission deadline.

For questions, please email the QualityNet Help Desk or call 1.866.288.8912 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Complete information about PQRS is available on the CMS PQRS website.
does your practice need to submit a hardship exemption?

hardshipProviders that are eligible to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as an Eligible Professional (EP), Eligible Hospital (EH), or Critical Access Hospital (CAH) may be exempt from Medicare penalties if they can show that demonstrating Meaningful Use would result in a significant hardship. 

To be considered for an exemption (to avoid a payment adjustment) providers must complete a Hardship Exception application along with the proof of the hardship. If approved, the hardship doc on computer exemption is valid for only one payment year and you would need to submit a new application for subsequent years. In no case may a provider be granted an exemption for more than 5 years.

The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Hardship forms for the 2018 payment adjustment, based on the 2016 EHR reporting period is July 01, 2017. The 2018 Hardship Instructions and 2018 Hardship Applications for EPs, EHs, and CAHs can be found here.
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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