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Date
2017-02-23
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MLN Connects for February 23, 2017

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

News & Announcements

Provider Compliance

Upcoming Events

Medicare Learning Network Publications & Multimedia

 

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News & Announcements

 

CMS Awards approximately $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program

On February 17, CMS awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. These local, experienced, community-based organizations will provide hands-on training to help thousands of small practices, especially those that practice in historically under-resourced areas, including rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas. The training and education resources will be available immediately, nationwide, and will be provided at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices.

CMS also launched a new telephone helpline for clinicians seeking assistance with the Quality Payment Program at 866-288-8292 or qpp@cms.hhs.gov.

For more information, visit the Quality Payment Program website. See the full text of this excerpted Press Release (issued February 17), including organizations that were awarded contracts.

 

NHSN Data Submission Deadline for IRF and LTCH QRP: Extended to May 15

CMS extended the 2016 third quarter submission deadline for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data submitted via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) to May 15. This extension provides additional time to submit your quality reporting data and run applicable reports to ensure accurate submission.

For More Information:

 

Provider Compliance

 

Reporting Changes in Ownership

A 2016 Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report noted that providers may not be informing CMS of ownership changes. Providers must update their enrollment information to reflect changes in ownership within 30 days. Owners are individuals or corporations with a 5 percent or more ownership or controlling interest. Failure to comply could result in revocation of your Medicare billing privileges. Resources:

 

Upcoming Events

 

SNF VBP: Understanding Your Facility’s Confidential Feedback Report Call — March 15

Wednesday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration.

During this call, CMS experts present on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, including confidential quarterly feedback reports and implementation guidance. Gain an understanding of the significance of readmissions and how SNF risk-standardized readmission rates are computed. Learn how to navigate through the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) and the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application systems to report SNF quality performance. A question and answer session follows the presentation.

The SNF VBP Program rewards SNFs with incentive payments for quality of care, promoting better clinical outcomes for SNF patients. The program will begin in FY 2019.

Target Audience:

SNFs, administrators, clinicians, and other stakeholders.

 

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call — March 21

Tuesday, March 21 from 1:30 to 3 pm

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration.

During this call, learn about the Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care project grant award. The Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network will share information about the new QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide that can assist long-term care providers with performance improvement efforts. Additionally, CMS experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). A question and answer session follows the presentation.

Speakers:

  • Kathy Hagen, The Eden Alternative
  • Kristi Wergin, Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network
  • Michele Laughman and Debbie Lyons, CMS

Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups, nursing home providers, surveyor community, prescribers, professional associations, and other interested stakeholders.

 

Comparative Billing Report on Physical Therapy Webinar — March 29

Wednesday, March 29 from 3 to 4 pm ET

Join us for a discussion of the Comparative Billing Report on Physical Therapy (CBR201702), an educational tool for physical therapists in private practice billing for physical therapy services using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes 97001, 97002, 97035, 97110, 97112, 97140, 97530, and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code G0283. During the webinar, providers interact directly with content specialists and submit questions about the report. See the announcement for more information and find out how to participate.

 

Medicare Learning Network Publications & Multimedia

 

Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Health Care Settings Web-Based Training Course — New

With Continuing Education Credit

A new Catching Everyone in America’s Safety Net: Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation (SO) and Gender Identity (GI) in Health Care Settings Web-Based Training (WBT) course is available through the MLN Learning Management and Product Ordering System. Learn about:

  • Basic terminology for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people
  • LGBT health needs and disparities
  • The importance of asking people about their SOGI in clinical settings
  • Why SOGI data should be collected and different ways to collect it in the clinical setting
  • Ways to implement SOGI questions into work flows with and without electronic health records

 

Audio Recordings and Transcripts from Recent Calls — New

In case you missed it, audio recordings and transcripts are available from recent calls:

 

Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Instructions MLN Matters Article — Revised

An MLN Matters Article on Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Instructions is available. Learn how to use the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice to inform Medicare beneficiaries when they are an outpatient receiving observation services in a hospital or Critical Access Hospital.

 

Acute Care and the IPPS Web-Based Training Course — Revised

With Continuing Education Credit

A revised Acute Care and the IPPS Web-Based Training (WBT) course is available through the MLN Learning Management and Product Ordering System. Learn about:

  • Hospitals that are paid under Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)
  • Which services are covered and paid under IPPS
  • Basic IPPS hospital billing procedures
  • The basis of Medicare payment for acute inpatient hospital services
  • Costs that are paid separately from IPPS

 


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