• Friday, March 30, 2018 11:17 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    MCMS and 7th District Branch Physicians -

    March 30th, National Doctor’s Day, is a day set aside to show appreciation for the role of America’s physicians in caring for the sick and advancing the art and science of medicine.  I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the physicians in our community who dedicate their lives to the health and well being of their patients.

    Since the days of the Hippocratic Oath, the physician has been held in high esteem as healer, trusted confidant and patient advocate.  The relationship between physician and patient is invaluable.  Technological breakthroughs have done much to advance the science of medicine, however, the patient- physician relationship remains the fundamental tenant of medicine. Patients depend on their doctors, and for good reason. 

    You make the world a better place through the selfless dedication and compassion you show to our community.  As you give your all to your patients, I’m proud MCMS stands ready to support you and the profession of Medicine.

    Thank you for choosing to practice medicine, and as always, thank you for all that you do for this community.

    Chris

    Christopher Bell, MS, MBA
    Executive Director
    Monroe County Medical Society
    American Academy of Pediatrics NY 1
    Genesee Valley Medical Foundation

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:58 PM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    The data submission deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is March 31. Resources:

    ·       Submitting 2017 Transition Year Data Fact Sheet

    ·       Quality Performance Category Fact Sheet

    ·       Quality Measure Specifications

    ·       Quality Benchmarks

    ·       Quality Measure Specifications Supporting Documents

    ·       Quality Performance Category Claims Data Submission Fact Sheet

    ·       Eligible Measure Applicability Resources

    ·       Patient-Facing Encounter Codes Fact Sheet and List

    ·       30-day All-cause Hospital Readmission Measure

    ·       Improvement Activities Fact Sheet

    ·       Scores for Improvement Activities Fact Sheet

    ·       Web-Based Training Courses

    For More Information:

    ·       Quality Payment Program website

    ·       Resource Library webpage

    ·       Contact the Quality Payment Program Service Center at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 866-288-8292 (TTY: 877-715-6222)

    ON A SEPARATE BUT VERY IMPORTANT NOTE, ANY PAPER CLAIMS THAT CONTAIN HANDWRITTING IN OTHER THAN THE SIGNATURE FIELD WILL BE RETURNED AFTER April 30, 2018 and will need to be resubmitted in a TYPED format!

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:35 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)
    This is a reminder that Saturday, March 31, 2018 is the final day for applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to submit and attest to data for the June 30, 2018 publication of Program Year 2017 data.   

    In order for your Program Year 2017 data submission to be considered timely and be included in the June 2018 data publication, you must complete the attestation for your submitted data by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on March 31, 2017.

    Reporting entities are encouraged to perform final submission and attestation of all entered records as soon as possible to avoid potential processing delays nearing the reporting deadline.

    Data submission and attestation activities can be completed by logging into the Open Payments system through the EIDM Portal.

    If you have reported data during previous program years but have not yet begun reporting for Program Year 2017, you will need to recertify in the Open Payments system before you can begin any 2017 submission activities.

    For more information about the recertification process as well as new registrations, refer to the Applicable Manufacturer and GPO Registration and Re-Certification – Quick Reference Guide [PDF]to help you complete this necessary step.

    For all other resources including the Open Payments User Guide, go to the Resources page on our website.

    Questions—Contact Live Help Desk

    Need help or have more questions? Contact the Open Payments Help Desk at openpayments@cms.hhs.gov or call 1-855-326-8366.The Help Desk is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ET), excluding Federal holidays.

    The Help Desk will be available on Saturday March 31, 2018 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

    The Help Desk refers media inquiries to CMS’ Press Office for response.

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 11:25 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    We are proud to be a finalist for the Greater Rochester Quality Council’s Performance Excellence Awards! 

    We appreciate the dedicated physician leaders & healthcare stakeholders in our community who sit at our Quality Collaborative table, making it a model for other parts of the country!


  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 4:00 PM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum:
    New Medicare Card Project

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time
    Conference Call Only

    CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) to give Providers an opportunity to ask questions about CMS’ New Medicare Card Project. Use this call to get answers to your questions so you’re ready to accept the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) starting April 1, 2018.

    For more information about the New Medicare Project, please visit our website:https://www.cms.gov/newcard

    Feedback and questions on the New Medicare Card Project can be sent to: NewMedicareCardSSNRemoval@cms.hhs.gov

    Special Open Door Participation Instructions

    Participant Dial-In Number:  1-800-837-1935

    Conference ID #: 4588156

    Note: TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.  

    A transcript and audio recording of this Special ODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts.html for downloading.

    For automatic emails of Open Door Forum schedule updates (E-Mailing list subscriptions) and to view Frequently Asked Questions please visit our website at http://www.cms.gov/OpenDoorForums/.

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 8:55 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Our congratulations to YourCare Health Plan Chief Medical Officer Joe Stankaitis, MD on his Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association of Rochester! Well deserved! http://bit.ly/2pijiU4

  • Monday, March 12, 2018 10:58 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your data.  Submit early and often.

    Here are key upcoming dates for MIPS:

    • March 16 at 8 pm ET - deadline for 2017 data submission for groups reporting via the CMS web interface.
    • March 31 - deadline for 2017 data submission for all other MIPS reporting, including via qpp.cms.gov
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 9:28 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Please join Kelly Reed and the Huther Doyle team and more than 300 Health and Human Service Providers for a cost-effective professional development event. 

    8th Annual Health & Human Service Conference & Recovery Institute

    March 27 & 28, 2018

    Rochester Riverside Hotel, Rochester, NY

    “Developing Competence – Facilitating Change"

    The conference is designed as a two-day experience.  The first day has been developed with a focus on accelerating clinical skills and understandings.  The three focus tracks include The Opiate Emergency, Personal Trauma and Systems Transformation.  An array of speakers will facilitate interesting discussions around the various presentations.  The second day will provide a broader array of workshops concerned with human service practice and conditions and will promote discussions about key issues such as poverty, wellness, housing and Self-Sufficiency. Tracks in day two include Best Practice Models, Care Management and Service Coordination, Strong and Healthy Communities, Youth and Young Adult Issues, and Poverty and Self-Sufficiency.  We encourage everyone to participate both days; however, you may choose one or the other if you wish.  Continuing education credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors and CASAC credit hours. Special Lunch Recognition on March 28th Celebrating Retiring Champions of Poverty -James Norman, Jean Carroll and Donna Ecker.

    Registration Link:
    Click here to register for the 2018 HHSC & Recovery Institute

     Important Items and dates to rememember
     We encourage you to register today as the Early Bird Registration Rate deadline is Saturday, March 10, 2018.

    The Regular Registration Rate deadline is Tuesday, March 20, 2018

     Large organizations should assign a designated person to coordinate the registrations for your organization to ensure that proper discounts are applied.

    Questions and Information please contact: 
    Sara Taylor at (585) 654-9083 / events@taylorjonesenterprises.com
    or Craig Johnson at (585) 325-5100 / cjohnson@hutherdoyle.com

  • Friday, February 23, 2018 11:36 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Webcast Highlights Two New FAIR Health Reports

    Aim Is Clarity in Healthcare Pricing and Industry Trends

    On Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 2 to 3 pm ET, FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd will host a webcast entitled, “FAIR Health Economic Index and Industry Trends: Providing Clarity in a Rapidly Changing Environment.”

    The webcast will introduce two new ways to derive insights from healthcare data: the FAIR Health Economic Index™ and FAIR Health Industry Trends™. Drawing on the independent nonprofit’s national database of billions of privately insured healthcare claims—the largest in the country—these two tools apply different approaches to illuminate different aspects of the national healthcare sector.

    • The FAIR Health Economic Index tracks median charges and allowed amounts associated with six procedure categories: professional evaluation and management (E&M), hospital E&M, medicine, surgery, pathology and laboratory, and radiology.
    • FAIR Health Industry Trends analyzes places of service for trends and patterns in utilization, geographic and demographic factors, diagnoses, procedures and costs.
    • FAIR Health can work with you to create custom indices and trending reports that offer specific data subsets particular to your needs.

    Click here to register for FAIR Health’s free, one-hour webcast to learn more about these valuable new analytic tools and how they can inform decision making for all healthcare stakeholders.

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