A bi-weekly newsletter from your physician organization
Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
Kicking off a new year, new decade
Create a gaps closure campaign for quality metrics
Identifying and closing gaps in care is an important step in improving quality measures, revenue and patient quality of care. Focusing on closing gaps early can help avoid large, last-minute, time-consuming outreach efforts at the end of the year. Creating and administering an outreach plan to target specific patients based on conditions can help make the plan manageable and successful.

Tips for creating a successful gaps outreach plan:

  • Launch your outreach early to avoid end of year rush
  • Involve team members to make it more manageable and a team success
  • Generate gaps in care reports through your electronic medical record system or TPA's disease registry, Wellcentive
  • Run the report using metrics on your tracking tool (provided by your practice resource team (PRT) member)
  • Send reminder letters to patients showing screenings and tests that are due - click here for a letter template
  • Follow up with patients via phone calls, emails and/or text messages (based on patient preference). Utilize patient portal for additional reminders.
  • Place a copy of worked reports and lists in your patient centered medical home binder, along with the tracking tool to review during PRT visit

Marketing tips

The Physician Alliance created education materials to be displayed in waiting areas and exam rooms. There are also forms and action plans for topics and diseases. These materials can be shared with patients prior to meeting with the physician or health care team so your patients are educated and engaged on the importance of screenings, preventive care, and treatment options. These materials are available on TPA's website.
Education programs offer tips on coding, quality and more
Get a head start in the New Year on improving diagnostic coding and quality metrics by attending complimentary education programs offered by The Physician Alliance. Education opportunities are complimentary to TPA members.

CPT Coding Updates seminar
Thursday, Jan. 30; 8-9am
Learn about changes to the CMS 2020 Final Rules for Physician Fee Schedule and how the complexities of medical decision-making and documentation affect coding.
Ascension Oakland Hospital, Education Building, Madison Heights, MI

Provider Delivered Care Management/Wellcentive/ADT training webinar
Monday, Jan. 13; 8-10am
An overview of the Blue Cross Provider Delivered Care Management (PDCM) program and ADT/Wellcentive for new care managers or anyone interested in a review. Changes to the 2020 PDCM program will also be shared. Q&A time available.
Register by emaili ng sharon.kraydich@thephysicianalliance.org - webinar access information will be emailed after registration.

Quality webinar
Tuesday, Jan. 14; 12-1pm
Get an update/overview of HEDIS measures to kick off a successful new year!
Register by emailing sharon.kraydich@thephysicianalliance.org - w ebinar access information will be emailed after registration.

Click here to download a flyer with upcoming seminars and webinars.
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