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TCPI Update for July 10: VCSQI Bi-weekly Newsletter

Next Monday Your Data is Due: TCPI Measures Data for April 1–June 30 is needed by July 16 to VCSQI

Q2 2018 data for your selected TCPI quality metrics are due to Eddie Fonner by Monday, July 16th.  Please contact Rick Koss, Ivan Berkel or Sherri White (Eddie is on vacation this week) if you have questions about how to submit this data. It is aggregate data (numerators and denominators) for your selected measures, NOT patient-level data.


Very Important 2018 MIPS Note: If you’ve not yet selected and started collecting data for 2018 MIPS reports, please contact Debbie, Ivan, or Eddie for assistance. We’re here to help!


Final 2017 MIPS Quality Payment Program Scores Now Posted on QPP Website

If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program website, you can now view your performance feedback and MIPS final score. Log in using your Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials; these are the same EIDM credentials that allowed you to submit your MIPS data.  If you don’t have an EIDM account, refer to this guide and start the process now.


Now Available: MIPS 2019 Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet

CMS has posted an additional resource on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2019 payment adjustment based on their 2017 performance.  The 2019 MIPS Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet highlights how CMS assigns final scores to MIPS eligible clinicians, and how payment adjustment factors are applied for 2019 based on 2017 MIPS final scores.


Some incorrect scores have been noted by our participating practices and CMS has advised us that this is a known issue that is in the process of being corrected. If not resolved to your satisfaction, you should request a “Targeted Review” to correct your data scores.


MIPS Payment Adjustment Targeted Review: Request by September 30

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback is available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. If you believe an error has been made in your 2019 MIPS payment adjustment calculation, you can request a targeted review until September 30.

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VCSQI TCPI Coach Ivan Berkel Recently Visited Cardiovascular Surgeons in Orlando, Fla., Amos Medical in Laurel, Md., and Gump Chiropractic in Beaver Falls, Pa.     Read more here


Sharing PFE Resources:
First Coast Surgical in Jacksonville, Fla. Reduced Patient Wait Time

Read how they used Patient and Family Engagement to do this.

June 21 Opioid Management Workgroup Recording & Shared Resources Here


CMS Roadmap for Opioid Prescribing Practices – NEW


Join VCSQI Practices for Upcoming Workgroups:  
  • Person & Family Engagement – Wednesday, July 11, 1-2 pm EDT
  • Opioid Management – July 26, 1-2 pm EDT


Predict MIPS Future Success with 2018 MIPS Estimator

With the first year of MIPS participation now complete, clinicians continue to need tools and assistance to reduce the burden of understanding and meeting MIPS requirements and preparing for value-based care.  The Stratis Health 2018 MIPS Estimator is now available at no charge.  See changes in the MIPS program and identify whether you qualify for bonus points or performance improvement points.


Quality Payment Program Website 2018 MIPS Measures & Activities

The CMS website has been updated and now includes 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures and activities for its four performance categories:

Please note, the “Explore Measures” tool is only for informational and estimation purposes. It can’t be used to submit or attest to measures and activities. For additional details on the 2018 MIPS measures and activities, view the following resources:


Quote to Ponder:

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell


Reminder from LCDR Fred Butler, Director of TCPI

“Engagement is a two-way relationship for transformation.  Whether we consider person and family engagement in a health care setting, a professional arrangement or a personal relationship, engagement requires interaction and a commitment to working together as a team.”


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Avoid Payment Penalties and Improve Quality of Care

Learn how VCSQI SAN 2.0 will help your practice transform in the new Quality Payment Program.

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