July 2020
Join HCPF for Provider Leader Webinars
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is hosting monthly provider webinars on the third Thursday of the month from 12 - 1 p.m. The dates for the provider webinars will be July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, 2020. These webinars will cover key updates from the Department on COVID-19 and other implementation updates and be a forum to discuss what the new normal in health care may look like following the pandemic. HCPF encourages you to save the dates and attend if you can. If you are not able to make the webinar, the meetings will be recorded and posted online to view later. This virtual meeting will be held at this link . For the Provider webinar, you will use your computer for audio. During the presentation, you can use your computer's speakers or earphones to listen as it will be "listen only." Following the presentation, there will be a "Q&A" session where you can submit written questions or, if you prefer, ask your question(s) using your microphone. Audio instructions will also be available in the webinar. Find more information on the Provider Leader Resource Center: Colorado.gov/hcpf/provider-leader-resource-center.
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Federal CMS announces relief for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program in 2020
In response to the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is announcing flexibilities for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2020: Clinicians significantly impacted by the public health emergency may submit an "Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application" to re-weight any or all of the MIPS performance categories. Those requesting relief via the application will need to provide a justification of how their practice has been significantly impacted by the public health emergency. The deadline for individual clinicians and group practices is Dec. 31, 2020. Visit the  QPP COVID-19 Response webpage or review the  COVID-19 Fact Sheet (link downloads a PDF) to learn more about changes to the Quality Payment Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Colorado QPP Coalition: July 2020 Fast Facts
The Colorado Quality Payment Program Coalition has released July 2020 QPP Fast Facts, the great information you need in a condensed format that allows for quick reading.

In this month's edition:
  • CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians Participating in the Quality Payment Program in 2020
  • CMS Unveils Major Organizational Change to Reduce Provider and Clinician Burden and Improve Patient Outcomes
  • CMS Issues Call to Action Based on New Data Detailing COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Upcoming deadliness
  • Upcoming event: QPP Office Hours, Tuesday, July 28
  • Updated resources

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Stipends available to providers and practices who want to obtain training for medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
There are stipends and resources available for providers and practices desiring training in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Opportunities expire on Sept 30 or until funds are depleted.

  1. Stipends to providers for obtaining your DEA X waiver for MAT: $500 (MDs/DOs) and $1,000 for NPs, PAs, CNMs and CNAs. Providers may participate in waiver training online or hybrid (part “live” virtual and part online). Dates and links are available here.  
  2. MAT Team Training: Live Virtual 4 session training for the whole team, offered four consecutive Tuesdays for an hour each, beginning July 21: $1,400/practice stipend to the practice to offset time spent in training.
  3. MAT team training can also be offered to each site individually: $1,400 paid to the clinic to offset time spent in training.
  4. MAT virtual learning forum on nuances of MAT led by experts with plenty of time for dialogue. “Drop-in” learning when you are able, three times a month led by experienced MAT providers.
If you have any questions, please contact Allyson Gottsman with the CU Practice Innovation Program:  allyson.gottsman@cuanschutz.edu .
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