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TCPI Update for June 5: VCSQI Bi-weekly Newsletter

CMS Webinar: MIPS “Promoting Interoperability” Performance Category (previously known as “Advancing Care Information”)

Tuesday, June 12, 1 pm ET

CMS has announced the change of the name of the MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category. Learn more about the PI performance category of MIPS. CMS subject matter experts will provide an overview of MIPS requirements in 2018, explain the PI performance category requirements for 2018 and review PI scoring.

Register Here: https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=3536&seid=1111


Cardio & Thoracic Surgeons: Avoid Payment Cut—Submit CMS Data with STS

The STS National Database has been designated as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, and cardiothoracic surgeons participating in the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database and—new for 2018—the General Thoracic Surgery Database are eligible to reap the benefits. Surgeons who consent to have STS submit data on their behalf to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on measures in the Quality category will avoid an automatic 5% negative payment adjustment in 2020. This service is FREE for STS members; non-members will each be assessed a $500 fee. Even surgeons whose hospitals are already reporting for them may benefit from reporting via the Database, as CMS will count the highest-scoring measures. Submit a consent form by October 31, 2018, to participate. A new consent form must be submitted every year. If you have questions about participating in MIPS, contact Derek Steck at dsteck@sts.org.


Reminder: MIPS Preliminary Performance Feedback Data Is Available — Visit the QPP Website to View Your MIPS Preliminary Performance

If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program website, you can review your preliminary performance feedback. Please note — this is not your MIPS final score. Final scores after all measures are re-reviewed will be posted July 1, 2018.


Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal 

Read May 31 Report Here by Administrator, Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


TCPI Faculty-Led Webinar: First Things First in Transformation (1 hour)

Three presentations on first critical things their practices had to do to transform, and advice on steps to go through the transformation process more quickly.

View recording here.

Quality Payment Program Call: Audio Recording and Transcript — New

An audio recordingtranscript, updated presentation, and clarification are available for the May 16 call on the Quality Payment Program. CMS answers frequently asked questions from the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS18) Annual Conference & Exhibition and inquiries received by the Quality Payment Program Service Center.


New Group TIN Level QPP Eligibility Lookup Tool

You can now log in to the CMS Quality Payment Program website to check your group’s 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  Video demo here.


MIPS 2018 


Very Important Note: Please discuss your measure selections for 2018 MIPS with Ivan, Eddie or Debbie.


New MIPS 2018 Fact Sheets Available:  


More resources for the CMS Quality Payment Program here.


Join Us for Upcoming Workgroups:  

  • Person & Family Engagement – June 6, 1-2 pm EDT
  • Opioid Management – June 21, 1-2 pm EDT


VCSQI Opioid Management May 24 Workgroup

This workgroup discussion reviews survey results of practices which prescribe opioids and recommendations for actions to take to address the opioid misuse epidemic.


Quote to Ponder:

“While fighting the opioid epidemic, don’t forget those who are suffering from pain.” — Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health  Read their June 1 report here.


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