This is a notice that the deadline for the Call for Technical Expert Panel for the MACRA Measure Development Plan has been extended to 11:59 p.m. ET on January 8, 2018.
Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG), Measure & Instrument Development and Support contractor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is seeking nominations for representatives of the following areas of expertise to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP):
This TEP will provide expertise related to measure development for the Quality Payment Program. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 8, 2018.
For more information about the project and to download the TEP Nomination Form, go to the Technical Expert Panels page at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/Technical-Expert-Panels.html and click: “Currently Accepting Nominations (this includes the Panel Call, the Nomination form and the TEP Charter).”
1. For information, click: “CMS Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).”
2. To download the TEP Nomination Form, scroll to the “Downloads” section at the bottom of the page and click: “CMS Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) [ZIP].”
For questions or technical assistance, please email to MACRA-MDP@hsag.com.
Ready to sign in to the Quality Payment Program for Performance Year 2017?
Good news! You can now:
Sign in to the Quality Payment Program to report data when the submission window opens on January 2, 2018.
The CMS Web Interface submission window opens on January 22, 2018.
For questions or problems signing in to the Quality Payment Program:
Interested in Quality Payment Program usability evaluations?
CMS is looking for Medicare clinicians, practice managers, administrative staff, or EHR and Registry vendors, to participate in user research activities to validate current and future Quality Payment Program website functionality. We value your suggestions and recommendations. If you’re interested in any upcoming user studies, please email Partnership@cms.hhs.gov.
Workers' Compensation law §15(3)(x), enacted as part of the 2017 executive budget, called upon the Board to implement new Permanency Impairment Guidelines for Scheduled Loss of Use (SLU) evaluations, with an effective date of January 1, 2018. The Board is pleased to announce that SLU Guidelines have been adopted, and are available on the Board's website. The enabling regulation is set forth at 12 NYCRR 325-1.6, and is also available at the Board's website. The Board is appreciative of the many thoughtful comments received during the initial public comment period and the subsequent public comment period.
The 2018 SLU Guidelines will replace chapters in the existing 2012 Medical Impairment Guidelines with respect to SLU, and will take effect January 1, 2018. The 2012 Guidelines remain unchanged for determining non-schedule permanent impairments. For SLU claims that have at least one examination conducted before January 1, 2018, the Board will consider the issue of SLU to have been joined under the auspices of the Guidelines in effect at the time, and as such the Board will determine the claimant's degree of permanent disability using the 2012 Guidelines. Where the first medical evaluation of SLU occurs on or after January 1, 2018, the question of SLU will be evaluated under the 2018 SLU Guidelines.
THE TEMPLE SINAI WOMEN'S CHAVURAH PRESENTS "THE OPIOID CRISIS AND ADDICTION: WE'RE ALL VULNERABLE"
PRESENTED BY DR. MARK WINSBERGWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 20187:00 P.M. AT TEMPLE SINAI
Addiction is a highly stigmatized, complex brain disease which has never been well understood by societies since humans first discovered mood altering substances.Temple Sinai congregant Dr. Mark Winsberg has graciously offered to present a talk about this highly important and timely topic.
The purpose of his talk is to:
Mark Winsberg, MD, BCFM, DABAM, is the Medical Director of Chemical Dependency Services at Rochester Regional Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, worked for 17 years as an Emergency Room Physician and ER Medical Director at Clifton Springs Hospital. He has been working in Addiction Medicine for the last nine years in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
THIS PROGRAM IS FREE OF CHARGE, AND IS OPEN TO EVERYONE.
Teens, college students, and other young adults are encouraged to attend. Not for women only.
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
PLEASE RSVP TO CAROL YUNKER AT VPKelly@aol.com OR 385-3910
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As part of the broader HHS commitment to improving the Medicare appeals process, CMS will make available a settlement option for providers and suppliers (appellants) with fewer than 500 appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and the Medicare Appeals Council (the Council) at the Departmental Appeals Board.
During this call, learn about the low volume appeals settlement option and how the settlement process will work. CMS speakers discuss how to identify whether you are eligible and which of your pending appeals may be settled. Visit the Low Volume Appeals Initiative webpage for more information.
This call will not include a question and answer session. Submit questions in advance toMedicareSettlementFAQs@cms.hhs.gov. Questions may be addressed during the call or used for materials following the call.
Interactive, animated video brings Be Antibiotics Aware to life. Use it on waiting room TVs, or via social media, also in links in your newsletters Add the video to your organization’s website or share via social media to highlight the importance of smart use & giving patients the best care all year long. To view the Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer animated video on YouTube, visit: http://bit.ly/2zeBV1m.
The 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes includes all of ADA's current clinical practice recommendations and is intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and others with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. The recommendations are based on an extensive review of the clinical diabetes literature, supplemented with input from ADA staff and the medical community at large. The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is updated annually, or more frequently online if new evidence or regulatory changes merit immediate incorporation.
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World Aids Day Festival of Songs is Dec. 2 @ 6 pm. This event is important to the Rochester affiliate of the Black Leadership Commission (NBLCA) on AIDS – educating our community about HIV/AIDS while worshiping through song. They will take up a free will offering to assist NBLCA in their activities and programming throughout the year.
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