Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
An e-NEWSLETTER from Quality Insights                                                                                  January 20, 2017

In This Issue
MedAdherenceMedication Adherence is Important to Cardiovascular Outcomes 

Non-adherence to medications is common and can be associated with adverse outcomes, especially for patients with cardiovascular issues. Non-adherence is not solely a patient problem but impacts both the care providers and the healthcare system.
The first step toward improving adherence should be a broader recognition of the problem of non-adherence, and once identified, simple strategies should be implemented in daily practice to improve adherence.
Certainly, there are still many challenges in further understanding the reasons for non-adherence and designing better interventions to improve adherence. However, getting patients to take their medication as prescribed is a lofty goal in order for patients to derive the maximal benefit of prescribed therapies and is also highly consistent with one of the Institute of Medicine's goals of patient-centered care. Read more.
walletcardWallet Card Helps Patients Keep Track of Medications

Script Your Future , a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherence as a vital first step toward better health outcomes,  has developed a handy wallet card which can help remind patients to take their medicine as prescribed (schedule and dose). 
Patients can use the wallet card to list all of the medications that they are currently taking and update it as needed. The card can easily be shared with doctors and pharmacists to provide a quick and easy medication reconciliation, plus it includes a list of common medication related questions that patients to ask their healthcare providers. Click here to access the wallet card

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encourageEncourage Your Patients to Make the Pledge to Take Their Meds

T aking medicine as directed is an important step toward a longer, healthier life. Patients can visit the Script Your Future website and take the first step towards a healthier future by making their pledge to take your meds.  
As a healthcare provider, this website also offers many resources that you can print out and display in your practice or distribute to your patients to remind them of all the reasons why they need to do everything they can to stay healthy. Taking medicine as directed could be the easiest and most impactful way to help ensure a healthier future. 
MAPIRMAPIR is NOW available to accept Program Year 2016 applications

Please remember that you will not be able to attest to PY 2016, if you have pending PY 2015 applications. As a reminder, you are required to attest to 1 year of clinical quality measures (CQMs) for Program Year 2017 so you should start collecting this data Jan. 1, 2017. 

Please remember that the final rule adopted 90 days of meaningful use (MU) for Program Year 2017 but did not change clinical quality measure (CQM) attestation. Below is a chart that summarizes the reporting periods for both MU and the CQMs.  

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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.    
AttestAttest to 2016 Program Requirements by February 28, 2017 

The CMS Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The EHR reporting period was any continuous 90 days between January 1 and December 31, 2016.
If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state's deadlines for attestation information.
If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.
Reminder: Remember to visit the registration tab in the Registration and Attestation system to ensure your personal information is accurate. For more information on registration, visit the Registration & Attestation page of the EHR Incentive Programs website

Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions
In January 2018, CMS will begin to apply payment adjustments for providers that did not successfully demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology or apply for and receive a hardship exception for the 2016 program year. CMS will send a separate announcement with more information on the hardship exception application process, once available.  
Attestation Resources
CMScallCMS to host national provider call: Transitioning from Quality Programs to MIPS 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
During this webinar, CMS will provide an overview on the transition to the Quality Payment Program, how current programs will be streamlined into the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and key milestones for PQRS, EHR, VM, and MIPS programs. 

A question and answer portion will be held at the end of the webinar.

Space for these webinars is limited. Register now to secure your spot.

Have a specific question about the Quality Payment Program? Please e-mail

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deadlineFebruary 28, 2017: deadline to submit Reconsideration Forms for 2017 payment adjustment

The  deadline for Eligible Professionals to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment, based on the 2015 EHR reporting period is February 28th, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. 

For inquiries about the Reconsideration Application, please email your questions

Reconsideration Resources:
QPPNew Quality Payment Program resources now available from cms
CMS recently posted new resources to the Quality Payment Program website to help eligible clinicians and data submission vendors successfully prepare to participate in the program.

CMS encourages these eligible clinicians, registries, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and electronic health record (EHR) vendors to visit the website to review the new materials and information, including:

For Clinicians: 
Coming Soon
CMS will continue to update the Educational Resources webpage of the Quality Payment Program website to include additional information and resources throughout 2017. Stay tuned for future announcements about the website.

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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