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TCPI Update for Monday, October 29 – VCSQI Practices Transition to Vizient Webinars This Week

VCSQI Practices Transition to Vizient Practice Transformation Network (PTN) Informational Webinars – Register for Tuesday, October 30

We encourage you to listen to one of these webinars to learn more about Vizient.  The purpose of these webinars is to acquaint you with Vizient and the work Vizient does both as a company and as a Practice Transformation Network (PTN). The proposed delivery model will be presented, your questions and feed-back will help to finalize development of this model.


  • Who is Vizient
  • Vizient PTN overview
  • Vizient PTN 2.0 delivery model
  • Next steps


  • Tom Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM – Associate Vice President, Clinical Resources, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
  • Deborah Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAAN – Project Director, VCSQI SAN 2.0/PTN
  • Colleen J. Oldham, MSN, RN, FACHE – Sr. Director, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Advisory Services
  • Shannon Hale, MHA, RN, CPHQ – Quality Improvement Advisor, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Advisory Services
  • Kirsse Zemedhun, MPH, CPHQ – Quality Improvement Advisor, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Advisory Services
  • Please utilize the links below to register for a webinar (you only need attend one of the below options). This call will also be recorded and sent out to those who have registered.


Date Registration Link
Tuesday, 10/30: 12:30– 1:00 pm EST Register here


Thursday, 11/1: 2:30– 3:00 pm EST Register here


Friday, 11/9:  9:00-9:30 am EST Register here


Monday, 11/12: 2:30– 3:00 pm EST Register here


Thursday, 11/15: 9:30–10:00 am EST Register here


We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the above webinars! If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Hale (shannon.hale@vizientinc.com) or Kirsse Zemedhun (kirsse.zemedhun@vizientinc.com) .


To Help You Accelerate Meeting TCPI Milestones and Progressing thru TCPI’s 5 Phases, Here are Previously Recorded VCSQI SAN 2.0 Classes

Each class addresses a group of milestones along common themes.  The TCPI Project for primary care clinicians includes 27 milestones and for specialists, 22.


Check out our NEW WEBSITE with Resources for Meeting the 22 Specialty Milestones: Click Here


2018 MIPS Participation Information Webinar:  In case you missed the recording held in April, here is a link for more information for a better understanding of MIPS for 2018 – Click Here.


Congratulations to 16 Practices Completing 5 Phases of TCPI with VCSQI

Cedar Edge Chiropractic

Davidson Dermatology

Dobyns – Amos Medical

Dr. Gump – PA

First Coastal Surgical Associates

Havascu Cardiac Surgery

Heart Care Associates Cardiology (Hopewell)


Hurwitz and Gessert

Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center

Laurel Kidney

McLeod Chiropractic

NE Texas Neurology Associates

Options Rehab

Paul K. Wein MD

Sentara (including Mid Atlantic Cardiac Surgery)


Reminder: Register Today for the Physician Compare National Provider Call The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host at MLN Connects®

National Provider Call about Physician Compare on October 30, 2018 at 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. Learn more about Physician Compare and the public reporting of 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information. The Physician Compare preview period allows clinicians and groups to review their performance information before it is publicly reported on the Physician Compare website. This webinar will describe:

  • What to expect during the upcoming 30-day preview period and
  • How to navigate previewing your performance information

There will be a question and answer session after the presentation, during which attendees will have a chance to ask the Physician Compare team questions about Physician Compare.

Register today


MIPS Eligible Clinicians Submitting Quality Data via Claims Can Now View Performance Feedback for 2018

CMS has updated the Quality Payment Program website so individual eligible clinicians who choose to submit their Quality performance category data via claims can access performance feedback for the 2018 performance year on an ongoing basis.  If you are participating in MIPS as an individual clinician and you have chosen to use claims to submit Quality performance category data, you attach quality data codes (G-codes) to your claims throughout the 2018 performance year. Those who have been doing so can now login to the Quality Payment Program website and review their performance feedback, which will be updated on a monthly basis.


Submitting Quality Performance Data via Claims

When you submit your quality data to CMS through your claims, they’ll be processed to final action by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). The last day for submitting 2018 claims with quality data codes for the 2018 performance period is determined by your MAC, but data must be submitted on claims with dates of service during the performance period and must be processed no later than 60 days after the close of the performance period. Please check with your MAC for this guidance.

As a reminder: claims-based quality measures are calculated automatically by CMS based on the quality data codes submitted on your 2018 claims. Claims data submission is only an option for Year 2 (2018) if you’re participating in MIPS as an individual (not as part of a group).

For more information about submitting your Quality performance category data via claims, review the 2018 Claims data submission fact sheet.


New QPP CME Modules, Infographics, and Scoring Guide Now Available

CMS has posted three new continuing medical education (CME) modules on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories and MIPS Alternative Payment Models (APMs). You can access them by logging into your Medicare Learning Network account or creating one here.  The new CME modules include:

  • 2018 Improvement Activities Performance Category CME Module: Covers the basics of the MIPS Improvement Activities performance category including reporting requirements, scoring, and flexibilities for small and rural practices.
  • 2018 Cost Performance Category CME Module: Offers an overview of the MIPS Cost performance category and how CMS calculates Cost scores.
  • 2018 MIPS APM CME Module: Provides an overview of MIPS APMs, the APM scoring standard, and reporting requirements for MIPS APM participants.


Additional Quality Payment Program Resources

CMS has also posted the following new resources:


Requests for Small Practice Hardship Exclusion from Promoting Interoperability Category

Small practices can request a hardship exclusion from the Promoting Interoperability category. Request is due by end of year but you should apply sooner to be safe! Your percent for the Promoting Interoperability Category gets moved to the Quality Category. Here is the link to learn more and apply: https://qpp.cms.gov/about/small-underserved-rural-practices


The 2019 CMS QRDA III Implementation Guide, Schematron, and Sample Files Are Now Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2019 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category III Implementation Guide (IG)Schematron, and Sample files.  The 2019 CMS QRDA III IG will help eligible clinicians and eligible professionals report electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), improvement activities, and/or promoting interoperability measures for the calendar year 2019 performance period.

The IG provides technical instructions for QRDA III reporting for the following programs:

  • Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
  • Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)
  • Promoting Interoperability (PI)

Additional QRDA-Related Resources:


Visit the VCSQI website and see more resources and information in the sidebar of tabs on the right. 


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