July 2017
CO QPP Coalition July "Open Office Hours" webinar - July 25

Please join us July 25 at 12:15 MST for our July Open Office Hours webinar to review the participation requirements for the Improvement Activity Performance Category of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Learn Quality Improvement methodologies to be successful in implementing these activities in the practice setting, as well as strategic ways to align your current quality improvement efforts. We encourage all staff to participate in this webinar to identify champions and engage the change agent within each of you! Click here to join us for this informative and interactive hour!
Colorado QPP Coalition: July Fast Facts

Don't let the June 20 release of the CMS Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule confuse you! The changes in the Proposed Rule do not effect the 2017 reporting period and are proposed to begin in the second year (2018) of the QPP program. As written now, the Proposed Rule aims to simplify reporting requirements, increase low-volume threshold, change reporting periods, add virtual groups and allow for more flexibility. Comments are due by Aug. 21 with the expected release of the QPP Final Rule for Year 2 in the fall of 2017.
  • For a Fact Sheet on the comparison between performance year 2017 and the 2018 proposed rule click here.
  • Have you seen the official Merit Based Incentive Payment Program 2017 Approved list of Qualified Clinical Data Registries? Check it out here.
  • The federal CMS released the 2017 Approved Qualified Registry list. You can review it here.
  • Wondering how to participate as a group when reporting for the 2017 Quality Payment Program under the Merit Based Incentive Payment System track? This guide provides all the information you need to know! Click here.
Learn more about the Alternative Payment Model (APM) for primary care through Aug. 23 webinar

Primary care payment for Medicaid providers is changing. The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing will hold a live webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. to provide additional information on the implementation of the Alternative Payment Model (APM) for primary care. The webinar will be especially useful for primary care practice or office managers and any office staff responsible for clinical quality improvement activities including registries and policy/process improvement. Register here. If you are not able to join live, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the Department's website here.
Physician fee schedule: Federal CMS proposes 2018 payment and policy updates
Proposed rule and request for information seek to support strong patient-doctor relationships

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule that will update Medicare payment and policies for doctors and other clinicians who treat Medicare patients in CY 2018. The proposed rule is one of several Medicare payment rules for CY 2018 that the agency says reflect a broader strategy to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; support the patient-doctor relationship in health care; and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.

The Physician Fee Schedule is updated annually to include changes to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries.

"This proposed rule would provide greater potential for payment system modernization and seeks public comment on reducing administrative burdens for providing patient care, including visits, care management, and telehealth services," the federal CMS said in a news release.

"The rule takes steps to better align incentives and provide clinicians with a smoother transition to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under the Quality Payment Program. The rule encourages fairer competition between hospitals and physician practices by promoting greater payment alignment, and it would improve the payment for office-based behavioral health services that are often the therapy and counseling services used to treat opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. In addition, the proposed rule makes additional proposals to implement the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program expanded model starting in 2018."

For more information, see the proposed rule or fact sheet.

Read the American Medical Association's response here. Specifically, the AMA welcomed changes in the request for information on regulatory relief, the expansion of the diabetes prevention program, the effort to consolidate and streamline legacy value-based payment systems, and the delayed implementation of appropriate use criteria.
Free small provider HIPAA training

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Rocky Mountain Region, will be presenting FREE training in Grand Junction and Denver in August and September. The purpose of the presentation - titled "Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules: HIPAA for the Small Provider" - is to help small health care providers that are covered entities understand their regulatory obligations under HIPAA. OCR will cover a number of topics such as an individual's right of access, safeguarding protected health information, the business associate agreement requirement, and risk analysis/risk management.
Grand Junction
Aug. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wayne Aspinall Federal Bldg
Conference Room
400 Rood Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
Sept. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Byron Rogers Federal Bldg
Aspen/Pine Room, Floor 16
1961 Stout Street
Denver, CO
Space is limited; registration is required and is first-come, first-served. Register by emailing Scott Grayson at Scott.Grayson@hhs.gov or Hyla Schreurs at Hyla.Schreurs@hhs.gov. Please indicate the location of the presentation you will attend as other programs will be held in Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. 

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