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  • The Virtual Group Election Period is Now Open to Participate in MIPS in 2018
    The Virtual Group Election Period is Now Open to Participate in MIPS in 2018 The Election Period is Now Open to Form a Virtual Group for the 2018 MIPS Performance Period As proposed in the 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, solo practitioners and groups can choose to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System… […]
  • Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool
    Now Available: Qualifying APM Participant Look-Up Tool CMS has announced the results of the first Qualifying APM Participant (QP) determinations based on eligible clinician participation in the 2017 Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). They have unveiled an interactive look-up tool where many 2017 Advanced APM participants can look up their QP status based on calculations from… […]
  • How a Nursing Home Increased Communication and Reduced Antipsychotic Medications
    How a Nursing Home Increased Communication and Reduced Antipsychotic Medications   As a participant in atom Alliance’s collaborative, NHC Oak Ridge located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. was able to lower the number of residents on antipsychotic medications. “Our team looked at a couple reports from the past year, including our atom Alliance Composite Score report,… […]
  • Five State Collaborative to Reduce Unnecessary Medications
    Five State Collaborative to Reduce Unnecessary Medications   atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee, is working to improve safe medication use across the region. To facilitate the work, atom has convened a medication safety advisory board called TIMES (Team for Innovation in MEdication Safety). The… […]
  • MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation
    MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation It’s not too late to participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—one of the two tracks in the Quality Payment Program. The transition year of MIPS has been underway since January 1, 2017 and runs until… […]
  • Making Data-Driven Health Information Available to Providers
    Making Data-Driven Health Information Available to Providers   atom Alliance—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee—is collaborating with Kentucky’s Health Information Exchange (KHIE) and other statewide stakeholders to make data-driven health information available to providers. Through their partnership, a bold commitment was made to help 90 percent of… […]
  • What Primary Care Practitioners Need to Know About Diabetic Neuropathy
    What Primary Care Practitioners Need to Know About Diabetic Neuropathy   Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy (DSPN) is the most common cause of foot ulcers—a key factor for amputation. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases estimates neuropathy affects 60 to 70 percent of persons with diabetes in some form. DSPN often gets missed… […]
  • CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design
    CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number.… […]
  • Q&A with Megan Fisher: Quality Payment Program
    Q&A with Megan Fisher: Quality Payment Program   Megan Fisher, RN, MSN, MBA is a nurse consultant at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Her primary responsibilities include serving as the subject matter expert for Quality Reporting for the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). Fisher also… […]
  • Questions Are The Answer
    Questions Are The Answer Help your patients get more involved in their healthcare by asking questions, talking with the healthcare team, and understanding their condition. Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their healthcare team receive better care and are more satisfied. Patients and families who engage with healthcare providers ask good questions… […]