• Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:25 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Now View Performance Scores for 2017 Claims Data on qpp.cms.gov

    If you’re an eligible clinician who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for MIPS via claims, you’ll now be able to view your performance scores through the MIPS data submission feature. Reminder: claims data submission is only an option if you’re participating in MIPS as an individual (not as part of a group).

    Submitting Quality Performance Data via Claims

    If you’ve already submitted quality data via claims, you don’t have to take any additional action. Claims-based quality measures are calculated automatically by CMS based on the Quality Data Codes (G-codes) submitted on your 2017 claims. You can simply login at qpp.cms.gov and view your calculated individual measures' scores and category score for Program Year 2017.

    Please note, scoring of claims data is subject to change monthly based on the processing of any additional 2017 claims and adjustments up to 90 days after the end of 2017. It is possible that claims or adjustments that were submitted towards the end of 2017 have not yet processed. Please check back after March 31st, 2018.

    Still Time to Submit Claims for 2017

    If you still have 2017 claims you’d like to submit for the Quality performance category, make sure to submit them now. Claims, which are processed by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) (including claims adjustments, re-openings, or appeals), must get to the national Medicare claims system data warehouse (National Claims History file) by March 1, 2018 to be analyzed. The MACs can provide you with specific instructions on how to bill.

    Submission Resources

    To prepare for 2017 submission, review the following resources on the Quality Payment Program website:

    QPP Service Center (Call: 1-866-288-8292 or TTY: 1-877-715-6222; Email: qpp@cms.hhs.gov)
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:24 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified an additional advancing care information identifier for use with the 2017 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category III (QRDA III) Implementation Guide (IG) Version 1.0 for Eligible Clinicians and Eligible Professionals Programs. The identifier ACI_IACEHRT_1 for Advancing Care Information Improvement Activities Bonus should be used when submitting for an ACI bonus for the use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for an improvement activity. An updated version of the 2018 CMS QRDA III IG will be published to reflect the addition of this identifier. This announcement is for vendors and data submitters about the additional identifier missing from the table ‘Advancing Care Information Objectives and Measures Identifiers’.

    ACI Improvement Activities

    If you have not yet submitted QRDA III data to the Quality Payment Program for 2017 and need to account for the ACI_IACEHRT_1, you can simply include this measure identifier as part of your advancing care information section of your submission file.

    If you have already submitted QRDA III data to the Quality Payment Program for 2017 and need to include the ACI_IACEHRT identifier, you can either:

    • Submit a full QRDA III submission which includes all the data previously submitted,  plus the ACI_IACEHRT_1 measure, or
    • Submit a QRDA III for only the advancing care information category which includes all the data previously submitted for advancing care information,  plus the ACI_IACEHRT_1 measure

    Additional QRDA-Related Resources

    You can find additional QRDA related resources, as well as current and past implementation guides, on the eCQI Resource Center and the CMS eCQM Library. For questions related to the QRDA Implementation Guides and/or Schematrons, visit the ONC QRDA JIRA Issue Tracker. For questions related to Quality Payment Program/Merit-based Incentive Payment System data submissions, visit the Quality Payment Program website or contact us by phone 1-866-288-8292, TTY: 1-877-715-6222 or email QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:20 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar that will provide an overview of QCDR measures development, processes and expectations. This webinar is intended to assist with the measure development of QCDR measures for future program years of MIPS. Please know that CMS is not accepting additional QCDR measure submissions for 2018.

    Webinar Details

    Title: 2018 QCDR Measures Workgroup
    Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET
    Description: On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar that will provide an overview of the development, criteria, and evaluation of QCDR Measures. Among the topics to be presented during the webinar, CMS will provide information regarding:

    • How to identify meaningful quality actions (numerators)
    • How to construct QCDR measures that will align with the goals and priorities of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program
    • How to understand the structure of multi-strata measures
    • How to appropriately apply measure analytics

    Audience: Current and Prospective Qualified Clinical Data Registries

    Event Registration: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms/index.jsp?seid=1003

    The audio portion of this webinar will be broadcast through the web. You can listen to the presentation through your computer speakers. If you cannot hear audio through your computer speakers, please contact CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com. Phone lines will be available for the Q&A portion of the webinar.

    For More Information

    Visit qpp.cms.gov to learn more about the QCDRs.
  • Monday, February 12, 2018 10:57 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    CMS Will Answer Questions about MIPS Submission Feature During Three “Office Hours” Sessions

    Deadlines are fast approaching to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period. The 2017 submission period runs through March 31, 2018 with two exceptions:

    1. Groups using the CMS Web Interface have until March 16, 2018 at 8pm ET to submit data.

    2. Individual Eligible Clinicians submitting quality data via claims, must submit claims by March 1, 2018.

    To help individual eligible clinicians and groups prepare for submission, CMS will be hosting three “Office Hours” sessions over the next several weeks. CMS subject matter experts will answer commonly asked questions about the submission feature on qpp.cms.gov, as well as answer attendees’ questions live. Registrants will also have the opportunity to email their questions prior to the sessions.

    Review the Office Hour topics and register below. Please note that Qualified Registries, Qualified Clinical Data Registries and Web Interface Reporters should utilize their support calls for data submission support.

    Date: February 14, 3:30-4:30pm ET

    Title: Quality Payment Program Data Submission Office Hours: Individual Eligible Clinician and Group Submission

    Register: https://meetingconnect.webex.com/meetingconnect/onstage/g.php?MTID=e403e3464cec883a31314bc1f45f11d0e

    Date: February 28, 3-4pm ET

    Title: Quality Payment Program Data Submission Office Hours: MIPS Quality Data Submission

    Register: https://meetingconnect.webex.com/meetingconnect/onstage/g.php?MTID=e48f0bf615c2b96b0d46afa2990f71cf5

    Date: March 14, 3-4pm ET

    Title: Quality Payment Program Data Submission Office Hours: MIPS Attestation for Advancing Care Information and Improvement Activities

    Register: https://meetingconnect.webex.com/meetingconnect/onstage/g.php?MTID=e91c195e7ad08aa6bf083477491616247

    Please note: Space for these sessions is limited. Register now to secure your spot. The audio portion of the sessions will be broadcast through the web. You can listen to the presentation through your computer speakers.

    For More Information

    For step-by-step instructions on how to submit MIPS data, check out this video and fact sheet. Questions about your participation status or MIPS data submission? Contact the Quality Payment Program Service Center by:

  • Monday, February 12, 2018 8:52 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. The two key dates are:

    Now is the time to act. Here are the top 10 things you need to do and know if you are an eligible clinician. This list focuses on reporting via the qpp.cms.gov data submission feature, not on group reporting on via the CMS Web Interface and not on individual reporting on Quality measures via claims submission data

    Note: If you’re not sure if you are required to report for MIPS, enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) in the MIPS Lookup Tool to find out whether you need to report. Additionally, if you know you are in a MIPS APM or Advanced APM, you can use the APM Lookup Tool.   

    1. Visit qpp.cms.gov and click on the “Sign-In” tab to use the data submission feature
    2. Check that your data are ready to submit. You can submit data for the Quality, Improvement Activities, and Advancing Care Information performance categories.  
    3. Have your CMS Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials ready, or get an EIDM account if you don’t have one. An EIDM account gives you a single ID to use across multiple CMS systems.
    4. Sign in to the Quality Payment Program data submission feature using your EIDM account.  
    5. Begin submitting your data early. This will give you time to familiarize yourself with the data submission feature and prepare your data. 
    6. The data submission feature will recognize you and connect your NPI to associated Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs). 
    7. Group practices:  -- A practice can report as a group or individually for each eligible clinician in the practice. You can switch from group to individual reporting, or vice versa, at any time. -- The data submission feature will save all the data you enter for both individual eligible clinicians and a group, and CMS will use the data that results in a higher final score to calculate an individual MIPS-eligible clinician’s payment adjustment. 

    8. You can update your data up to the March 31 deadline. The data submission feature doesn’t have a “save” or “submit” button. Instead, it automatically updates as you enter data. You’ll see your initial scores by performance category, indicating that CMS has received your data. If your file doesn’t upload, you’ll get a message noting that issue.  

    9. You can submit data as often as you like. The data submission feature will help you identify any underperforming measures and any issues with your data. Starting your data entry early gives you time to resolve performance and data issues before the March 31 deadline.

    10. For step-by-step instructions on how to submit MIPS data, check out this video and fact sheet.  

    If you are in an ACO or other APM, make sure you are working with your ACO or APM to make sure they have any patient information they need to report.  Remember you need to report on Advancing Care Information measures on your own. 

    Questions about your participation status or MIPS data submission? Contact the Quality Payment Program Service Center by:

    Phone: 1-866-288-8292 (TTY: 1-877-715-6222) 
  • Monday, February 12, 2018 8:49 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Southern Tier Lyme Support, Inc and Binghamton University are offering 5.5 CME credits through Upstate Medical to physicians (MD and DO) at this years Southern Tier Lyme Conference

    Registration for the May 5th conference at Binghamton University will open for medical professionals starting 2/15/2018 at www.southerntierlymesupport.org.  The cost of the conference is $75 for physicians and $5 for all other medical professionals and the public.

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 1:20 PM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Thursday March 29, 2018
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Hyatt Regency
    125 E. Main St.
    Rochester, NY 14604

    For more information and to register: www.starrochester.com 

    Agenda highights advances in regional systems of care for stroke patients

    Who Should Attend
    This activity is intended for primary care physicians, internists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency physicians, family physicians, radiologists, cardiologists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and EMS personnel who care for patients with cerebrovascular disorders

    Objectives
    At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

    • Discuss key challenges in the prehospital care and management of acute stroke in both the ambulance and ED. 
    • Identify and describe key risk factors in the treatment of stroke and protocols specific to NYS designated Stroke Centers. 
    • Describe the indications and contradictions for dual anti-platelet therapy for secondary stroke prevention. 
    • Describe the latest surgical & endovascular treatments for stroke patients. 
    • Describe the role and importance of neuro-intensive care in stroke recovery

    Fees 

    $100 early registration, $150 after March 16th, 

    Students: $50 early registration, $75 after March 16th

  • Friday, February 02, 2018 9:00 AM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    MCMS President Peter Ronchetti, MD discusses how prior authorizations requests from payers are costly and delay patient care. http://on.rocne.ws/2DVct4R  

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:23 PM | Carol Burke (Administrator)

    Albany Report_Jan18.pdf

    Attached is the latest issue of MLMIC’s The Albany Report, which  offers policyholders a concise, insiders’ view of pending legislative, regulatory, and political developments that have an impact on the New York State medical malpractice insurance marketplace. Highlights from this issue include:

    EXPANSION OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS – The governor has 30 days to decide the fate of a bill that would modify and expand the statute of limitations in cases of negligent failure to diagnose a malignant tumor or cancer.

    MLMIC AFFIRMATIVE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA – As an advocate of tort reform, MLMIC is in support of legislation in three specific areas.

    PROPOSED EXECUTIVE BUDGET – A look at how the governor’s proposed 2018-19 executive budget impacts the medical malpractice market.

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