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TCPI Update: May 22 – VCSQI Bi-weekly Newsletter

Spotlight on the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category

CMS has announced the change of the name of the MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability performance category.

  1. Promoting Interoperability is not a new performance category; it’s just the new name for the Advancing Care Information performance category that reflects increased focus on interoperability and improving patient access to health information.
  2. The 2018 requirements for the Promoting Interoperability performance category are exactly the same as what was finalized for the Advancing Care Information performance category. For an overview, review this fact sheet.The 2018 measure specificationsare still the same.
  3. CMS also changed the name of the EHR Incentive Programs to the Promoting Interoperability Programs. To learn more go to this webpage.


Groups Must Register to Use the CMS Web Interface and/or CAHPS for MIPS Survey by June 30, 2018 – Deadline Extended

Registration is required for groups that intend to use the CMS Web Interface and/or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) survey for 2018. The registration period ends June 30, 2018. Learn more and register.


CMS Learning Network: Answers to Your Quality Payment Program Frequently Asked Questions
  Link to CMS Slides on QPP FAQs Presentation 5.16.18


2017 MIPS Preliminary Feedback Now Available:  

If you submitted data through the Quality Payment Program website, you are now able to review your preliminary (not final) performance feedback data.  Final scores will be available on July 1, 2018


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.

Special Note About CMS QPP MIPS Data Entry with Your EIDM:  

If you are participating in MIPS, you will need to access the QPP portal to enter your data. Your EIDM (Enterprise Identity Management) number does not change even if the person who established the account changes. You will continue to use the same login information even if a new person is entering the data.


VCSQI News: 
Welcome New Transformation Advisor, Sherri White MSPOD

She studied Business Administrative at Notre Dame College and obtained her Masters in Science degree of Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management. She has administrative and operational positions experience with major health care organizations, including Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  She specializes in designing process improvement initiatives to increase organizational efficiency by utilizing knowledge obtained as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.


VCSQI SAN 2.0 Article Appeared in Annuals of Thoracic Surgery, May 2018:  

Maximize Reimbursement and Minimize Risk Under the New MACRA and Quality Payment Program:  Link for full length STS Article


MIPS 2018 

Details on 2018 MIPS Requirements in the recorded April 20, 2018 VCSQI-led webinar


Powerpoint Slides from webinar on New MIPS Reporting Requirements accessed here


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:  
  • Opioid Management – May 24, 1-2 pm EDT
  • Person & Family Engagement – June 6, 1-2 pm EDT


Addressing the Opioid Misuse Epidemic is a CMS & VCSQI Priority

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain / Click Here


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


Quote to Ponder: 

Kind words can be short and easy to speak. But their echoes can be truly endless. – Mother Teresa


Working Together We Can Achieve Our Goals:  Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative’s 7 Aims
  1. Support more than 140,000 clinicians in their practice transformation work.
  2. Improve health outcomes for millions of Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries and other patients.
  3. Reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for 5 million patients.
  4. Sustain efficient care delivery by reducing unnecessary testing and procedures.
  5. Generate $1 to $4 billion in savings to the federal government and commercial payers.
  6. Transition 75% of practices completing the program to participation in Alternative Payment Models.
  7. Build the evidence base on practice transformation so that effective solutions can be scaled.




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