The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Funding available to providers to complete Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) training
In an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration approved buprenorphine for treating opioid dependency in 2002. However, a federal waiver is required to prescribe this to treat patients and can be received through an 8-hour training. Once providers receive the training, they can prescribe buprenorphine in a variety of settings, including primary care practices.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced a new incentive program to encourage physicians to obtain this waiver to prescribe buprenorphine through the Medication Assistant Treatment program. The Michigan Opioid Collaborative (MOC) is providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) trainings free of charge in 2020. The course material includes all medications and treatments for opioid use disorder, and provides the required education needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

To help offset revenue lost from participating in the training program, the Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement and MOC are providing scholarships to attend and complete the in-person training ($500.00 for providers/MD/DO and $250 for NP/PA’s). Scholarships are available to the first 15 registrants at these specified sessions.

Trainings are held from 8am-5pm. The training dates are:
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, East Lansing - Click for information and to register
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Kalamazoo - Click for information and to register
Monday, March 2, 2020, Muskegon - Click for information and to register

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is also offering an online training course. Click here for information on this program.

Click here to learn about MAT training options and BCBSM incentives.
Click here to apply for the waiver to offer medication-assisted treatment to patients.
Help patients manage blood pressure at home
High blood pressure can cause a myriad of health issues in patients. Educating patients on ways to lower blood pressure can help. If a patient is taking their own blood pressure at home, it's important that it's done correctly.

The Physician Alliance created a pad with tear off sheets to educate patients on how to lower their blood pressure and accurately take their blood pressure at home. The resource also includes a tracking sheet for patients to record blood pressure measurements and then share with their provider.

TPA also created a poster with evidence-based tips to help practice staff with accurate blood pressure measurement. It can be useful to post in exam areas so patients can learn how to get the best measurement. Accurate blood pressure measurement is a HEDIS measure and ensures quality patient care!

Click here to download these materials or order via the online order form.
Earn required CME with free pain management and opioids training
Michigan now requires providers to participate in education programs related to pain management and safer opioid prescribing. The New England Journal of Medicine offers a Pain Management and Opioids training program that includes the ability to earn up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

The Pain Management and Opioids training was created for all medical professionals and covers the entire FDA Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers involved in the treatment and monitoring of patients with pain. Developed by pain management experts and addiction specialists, the program highlights types of clinical cases experienced in everyday practice.

Click here to learn more and register for the program.
Primary Care First practice application now available
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the Primary Care First practice application is now open. The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 22, 2020 , with the program start date in January 2021 (this is a new date).

According to CMS, "the general Primary Care First payment model option is designed for primary care practices with advanced primary care capabilities that are prepared to accept increased financial risk in exchange for flexibility and potential rewards based on practice performance." Eligible practitioners include internal medicine, general medicine, geriatric medicine, family medicine, and/or hospice and palliative medicine.

CMS will use a specific set of clinical quality and patient experience measures to assess quality of care delivered at the practice. Participating practices must meet standards of quality care in order to be eligible for a positive performance-based adjustment to their primary care revenue.

For more background, eligibility criteria and application information, visit CMS' Primary Care First website . You can also review the request for application document here .
News You Can Use
Featured Affiliate Partner
Sharecare Health Data Services offers HIPAA compliant medical record copying services, quality control services, packaging, labeling, and mailing of all requests to TPA members at no cost to the physician practice.

Learn more about these services.
The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians. - (586) 498-3555