We are now sending weekly updates on Mondays (Tuesday for Labor Day week), in an effort to promote continuing attention to meeting milestones and progressing through the phases of transformation.
VCSQI’s Weekly Web-based “Classes” Help You Accelerate Meeting TCPI Milestones and Progressing TCPI’s 5 Phases
To help your practice successfully meet the TCPI milestones, we are holding a series of web-based “classes” over the next several weeks. Each class addresses a group of milestones along common themes. The TCPI Project for primary care clinicians includes 27 milestones and for specialists, 22.
This Week’s Milestone Class:
Streamlining Clinical and Office Work – Milestone 22 for Specialty Care and 27 for Primary Care
This class will be held Tuesday at 7 am and again later on Tuesday at 5 pm ET, and again on Friday, August 31st, at 10 am ET. Identical content will be presented, although discussion may vary depending on participating practices.
Here is the registration link for this class and all future classes: https://goo.gl/forms/hFY3j7Pp7sdE1ZcA2
Join live classes from your computer: https://zoom.us/j/4200618741.
For audio (if unavailable though your PC) Dial-in: 1-646-558-8656 with meeting id 4200618741
Previous Milestone Classes
- You can access the recording of the class on Improvement Goals – Milestones 1, 2, 3, and 13 (18) we held on August 17 here.
- You can access the Recording of Staff Engagement – Teamwork & Joy – Milestones 6 and 19 for specialty care and Milestones 6 and 24 for primary care practices held on August 21 here.
- You can access the recording of Identifying Patient Risk and Using Best Practices – Milestones 7 & 11 for Specialty Care, and 8, 9, 10 & 16 for Primary Care held on August 28 here.
Upcoming weekly classes, with milestone numbers (primary care milestones in parentheses):
- Week of September 10th: Coordinated Care and Population Management – Milestones 8, 9, 10 (11, 12, 13, 14)
- Week of September 17th: Person and Family-Centered Care – Milestones 4, 5, 12, 17 (4, 5, 7, 15 and 22 for primary care)
- Week of September 24th: Business Strategies – Milestones 18, 20, 21 (23, 25, 26)
Here is the registration link for all future classes: https://goo.gl/forms/hFY3j7Pp7sdE1ZcA2
Quality Payment Program: Updated Participation Status Tool Includes 2018 Data Snapshot
CMS updated the Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to include 2018 Qualifying Alternative Payment Model (APM) Participant (QP) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) APM status. The tool is updated based on calculations from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and March 31, 2018.
- QP Methodology Fact Sheet
- MIPS Overview
- APMs Overview
- Enterprise Identity Data Management Account Guide
3 New AMA Accredited Web-Based Training Courses Now Available
Now available on the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Learning Management System (LMS) are three AMA accredited web-based training programs. All offer continuing education credit through the AMA. You’ll need to log in to the MLN LMS and then search by title to access these new trainings.
- Quality Payment Program Year 2 (2018) OverviewWeb-Based Training Course
- Quality Payment Program Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS): Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Year 2 (2018) Web-Based Training Course
- Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality Performance Category Year 2 (2018) Web-Based Training Course
The Deadline for Submitting a MIPS Targeted Review Request Is October 1, 2018
If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback is now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. The payment adjustment you will receive in 2019 is based on this final score. MIPS eligible clinicians or groups (along with their designated support staff or authorized third-party intermediary), including those who are subject to the APM scoring standard may request for CMS to review their performance feedback and final score through a targeted reviewif you believe an error has been made in your 2019 MIPS payment adjustment calculation.
View New Quality Payment Program Demo Videos on How to Access 2017 MIPS Performance Feedback and How to Request a Targeted Review
- How to Request a Targeted Review
- How to Access Performance Feedback for APM Entities
- How to Access Performance Feedback for Individuals
- How to Access Performance Feedback for Voluntary Submitters
- How to Access Performance Feedback for Groups
Please note: TIN/NPI information within these demonstration videos conveys mock data only.
- Performance feedback user guide
- Enterprise Identity Data Management (EIDM) User Guide
- Enterprise Identity Data Management (EIDM) ACO User Guide
- Targeted review user guide
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
APM Guidance Resources
While there are many different definitions of APMs, a payment model must link quality and value to payment to meet AIM 6. The following resources explain and define the criteria associated with APMs:
The first resource is the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s (HCP-LAN’s) APM Framework, a White Paper/framework that provides guidance on the definition and character ofAPMs. In this document, payments have been classified into four discrete categories defined on pages 12-16. Based on the alternative payment model (APM) Framework, only Categories 2-4 should be considered as representing a possible APM that will be acceptable as meeting TCPI AIM 6.
A second resource defines CMS APMs and can be referenced at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) website: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/index.html#views=models
Please note that these resources are intended only to inform your self-reported determinations related to AIM 6. As this model is reliant on self-reported information when submissions are reviewed, we recommend using the information available from these sources whenever possible.
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