The Check Up
Relevant news, resources, and events for outpatient practices
Vol. 1, Qtr.1 | March 9, 2022
Emergency Preparedness 

To help practices limit the disruption to crucial patient care services, where applicable, and minimize adverse economic impact by resuming normal operations as quickly as possible, HSAG has developed a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). The document comprises resources, policies, and procedures to be used in the event of a disaster or major disruption of operations. Download the HSAG Physician BCP Template (PDF).
Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP) Guide

SMBP can be used to assess BP control and to make a diagnosis of hypertension. Providers can bill for SMBP using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes available at the American Medical Association's SMBP CPT® Coding Webpage.

This Target: BP™ resource provides quick access information to care teams about SMBP monitoring and the tools and resources available to help make impactful change.
Improve your MIPS Cost Score by Reducing Unplanned Hospitalization

Delayed diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) leads to increased case utilization, unplanned hospitalization, and mortality.

Learn how to champion CKD management by reviewing HSAG's Cost Containment and CKD (PDF).

MIPS = Merit-based Incentive Payment System
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Programs

DSME programs help patients gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive with diabetes. The program’s certified educators are ready to work with your patients to find practical solutions that fit their personal needs.

Find a DSME program near you at the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Education Locator Webpage.
This material was prepared by Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication No. XS-12SOW-XC-02232022-01