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TCPI Goals:  Improve Quality, Reduce Costs and Focus on PatientCentered Care

 Our First Bi-weekly Update!

Welcome to the VCSQI SAN 2.0 – Helping You to Transform Your Practices!

We will send a regular update to our primary contact person for each enrolled practice. It will include VCSQI news and information (new enrollees, progress across our enrollees, due dates, learning sessions, etc.) and national updates (links to national webinars that may be of interest) and recently released news and resources.  This will be an email that our primary contact can simply forward to other practice clinicians and staff members. We anticipate sending these out bi-weekly on Tuesday morning. We’ll make every effort to make it succinct, interesting and, most importantly, helpful to you!

VCSQI SAN 2.0 Primary Goal

The goal of the VCSQI SAN 2.0 is to assist enrolled practices progress through the 5 phases of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) practice transformation process.  Starting with review of your baseline practice assessment, we will guide you and your practice leaders through practice improvement activities and changes. Our goal is to successfully keep your practice moving from one phase to the next to optimize your CMS reimbursements in the QPP, and improve quality, reduce costs and focus on patient-centered care.

Newly Added Goal:  Addressing the Opioid Misuse Epidemic

Addressing the Opioid Misuse Epidemic is another new goal CMS has asked all TCPI contractors to focus on.  All clinicians and practices should review national opioid prescribing guidelines to consider revising your own prescribing practices that can make a difference to help impact this major national crisis.

See more information on opioid prescribing below.

Welcome to Our First Practices!

  • Cardiovascular Surgeons Inc – Orlando, FL
  • Graduate Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons – Philadelphia, PA
  • Havasu Cardiac Surgery – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sentara Heart Hospital – Norfolk, VA
  • Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons – Norfolk, VA
  • Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates – Houston, TX

VCSQI SAN 2.0 Enrollees’ Progress

  • 100{407ac5a1c3664d12063f649ef13ac264ddc5691f1aad397cd50a48bf859e3803} completion of baseline practice assessment
  • 2/6 now in Phase 2
  • 4/6 – reviewing assessment and creating plans

Learning Sessions:

Better Understand Participation in the New QPP

Advancing Care Information:  How to Implement the New Meaningful Use Component of MIPS, a webinar recently presented with Dr. Ashby Wolfe, Elizabeth Holland, Dr. Larry deGhetaldi and Ray Manahan.

View following this link: http://www.webmeeting-express.com/se/Rd/AC.aspx?1673483949

Save the Dates:

Patient & Family Advisory Council Webinar

Save Friday, August 11, 2017 from 2-3 pm for a webinar on ‘How to Establish a Patient & Family Advisory Council‘.   Guest speaker will be national expert Chrissie Blackburn.  Please contact vcsqi.org@gmail.com to register and receive webinar sign-in link and more information.

TCPI Clinician Transformation Events 1 & 2 

Mark your calendars for two upcoming TCPI Clinicians webinar events: August 22/23 and November 7/8 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET (same time both dates). Offered events are for primary and specialty care clinicians on these dates.  These events are designed specifically for clinicians who are committed to transforming their practice with TCPI. They are scheduled for evening hours to allow for as many clinicians to participate without interrupting their workday. Please be sure to send these dates to your clinicians now so they too will mark their calendars and attend!

The purpose of the August clinician events is for CMS to be in dialogue with TCPI-enrolled primary care and specialty care clinicians. CMS wants to hear reactions from the TCPI Clinician community as to how they feel about practice transformation and where they are in their transformation progress and moving into QPP. The topics for these calls are driven by the TCPI AIMs – clinical and operational improvement for patients and clinical practices. Specifically, in August 2017, the calls will be focused on:

  • QPP and the resources available to clinicians to master QPP (TCPI!)
  • The most important changes a practice must make to thrive in the future and practice readiness to participate in TCPI (The TCPI drivers)
  • Addressing the U.S. opioid crisis and the significance of medication management.  How will my practice be engaged?

Click on the dates below to register

August Primary Care Clinician Events

         Tuesday, August 22nd 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET

         Tuesday, August 22nd 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

August Specialty Care Clinician Events

         Wednesday, August 23rd 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET

         Wednesday, August 23rd 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

November Primary Care Clinician Events

         Tuesday, November 7th 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET

         Tuesday, November 7th 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

November Specialty Care Clinician Events

         Wednesday, November 8th 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET

         Wednesday, November 8th 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET

Subscribe to Join the Quality Payment Program & TCPI Healthcare Communities for Updates and More Resources

Subscribe to access resources shared, webinars, data and best practices to help you and your practice transition to the new QPP.

Click here to learn more and register to join TCPI Healthcare Communities

Click here to learn more and register to join QPP to receive the latest news and updates.

Opioid Misuse is a National Epidemic

Did You Know? Start Low and Go Slow

The national opioid crisis has prompted CMS to ask all TCPI contractors to work with their enrolled prescribers to improve opioid prescribing practices.  While this action won’t solve all of the issues creating the crisis, it will help to reduce addiction while still treating pain appropriately.

CMS strongly encourages all clinicians and practices to review national opioid prescribing guidelines and your opioid prescribing practices to assess how you can make a difference to help address and impact this major national problem.

News Tip You Can Use: ‘Why is My Life So Hard?’

During the final National Leadership Series webinar, CMS sent out the link to a recent NPR story on “headwinds and tailwinds.” It addresses the natural human tendency to focus on problems (headwinds) when, in fact, focusing on What’s Working (tailwinds) makes us happier and more effective. Here’s a link to the episode of Freakonomics Radio titled ‘Why Is My Life So Hard?’ : http://freakonomics.com/podcast/why-is-my-life-so-hard/

What Do You Want to Hear More About?

Let us know what you want to learn more about and if you have questions for your colleagues enrolled in the VCSQI SAN 2.0!  Contact us at vcsqi.org@gmail.com or (913) 909-3140.

 Quote of the Week:

 Only a team can meet the demands of todays health care environment.”

  – Casey Alrich, Director of Practice Transformation and Improvement, National NurseLed Care Consortium (a TCPI Support and Alignment Network).

Together We Can Make a Difference

VCSQI SAN 2.0 Goals

  1. Support 5,000 clinicians in Year One
  2. Reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and ED visits
  3. Generate $75 million in Healthcare savings in 3 years
  4. Sustain efficient care delivery by reducing unnecessary testing and procedures
  5. Provide evidence-based guidelines and LEAN methodologies

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