2019 Webinar Schedule I 39 Measures Under Consideration
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Posted by: Bevin Rousopoulos
January 8th, 2019
In this issue….
Opportunities to Engage
Opportunities to Influence
PCPI in the Field
Opportunities to Engage
PCPI’s 2019 Webinar Schedule Released
Mark your calendars for PCPI’s scheduled webinars for 2019 - stay tuned for invitations to register!
January 2019. QPP Advocacy Update – PCPI experts will provide an update on the January 7th discussion with CMS and how stakeholders can help.
February 2019. Creating Rehab Measures – Experts from the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and PCPI on how they created a measure set for rehab that addresses significant patient need.
March 2019. Setting Strategy 2019 – New PCPI board and advisory committee members identify priorities and strategy for 2019 and beyond.
April 2019. Coding for Measures and Measurement – Updates on technical issues in developing, deploying, recording and reporting clinical measures.
June 2019. Navigating Measure Legal Requirements – Practical advice for ensuring your measures, registries and improvement activities meet evolving legal and regulatory requirements.
July 2019. Engaging Patients and Families in QI – Patient outcomes are determined by many activities outside the clinic and hospital. Involving patients and their families is critical for QI success.
August - October, 2019. Collaborating for Success – Measures, registries and QI are highly technical, making learning from expert partners and experienced peers essential. Serial training and support for QI.
Part 1, August 2019.
Part 2, September 2019.
Part 3, October 2019.
November 2019. Building on Collaboration – Leveraging ongoing collaboration to improve patient and population outcomes.
Opportunities to Influence
Opportunity to Comment on 39 Measures Under Consideration
The opportunity to submit comments on the 39 performance measures proposed for the federal public reporting and payment programs included in the Measures Under Consideration (MUC) list, ends Thursday, January 10, 2019. The review of these measures by the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) will provide input to CMS on its selection of performance measures for inclusion in federal programs.
The MAP is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum for the purpose of providing input to HHS on the selection of performance measures for use in federal public reporting, performance-based payment programs, and other purposes.
Comments received will be reviewed by the MAP at the end of January, after which the MAP Coordinating Committee and workgroups will review the MUC list, consider comments received, and make recommendations based upon measurement gaps across settings, prioritization of high-impact measures, and alignment across federal programs. MAP final recommendations will be presented in a report to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 1, 2019.
PCPI members are invited to review the MUC list and provide comments to ensure their voice is heard!
View the MUC list and submit comments here.
CMS Requests Feedback on Accrediting Organizations COI & Consulting Services
On December 18, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information Notice [CMS-3367-NC]. This Request for Information Notice seeks public comment regarding the appropriateness of some Medicare-approved Accrediting Organizations (AOs) offering fee-based consultative services to Medicare-participating providers and suppliers that they also accredit as part of their business model.
“We are seeking feedback on a number of questions related to this potential conflict of interest, including whether we should revise our review process to identify actual, potential or perceived AO conflicts of interest as part of the application and renewal process for all AOs.” (2018, December, 18. Medicare Parts A & B. CMS.gov Newsroom).
Access the full article and provide feedback here.
PCPI in the Field
PCPI educates startups at MATTER, Novo Nordisk Innovation Bootcamp
Five $25,000 grants support harnessing real-time data to improve diabetes care
Real-time data on blood sugar, medication use and patient symptoms – presented in ways patients can easily understand to manage treatment – have the potential to greatly improve the care and quality of life of diabetes patients. To help innovators develop new ways to effectively harness such data, PCPI recently teamed up with MATTER, a broad-based coalition supporting care innovation, and Novo Nordisk, a global leader in diabetes care.
In November, PCPI experts advised a dozen med-tech startups on new payment models that reward better patient outcomes rather than service volume in managing diabetes care. For a digital solution to succeed in the market, the data collected must support both improved clinical performance, such as increasing medication adherence and stabilizing glycemic control, as well as creation of usable outcomes-based incentives and attractive consumer-based payment models.
“Understanding quality guidelines and how to apply them, the needs of stakeholders from patients and practitioners to payers and government, and how to develop and operate registries that gather the right data are all critical,” said PCPI CEO Kevin Donnelly. “PCPI is uniquely positioned to help innovators work through these issues to develop successful products and supporting business models that bring data-driven care to patients in the real world.”
The dozen startups attending the MATTER-sponsored innovation bootcamp in November were selected from applicants to Novo Nordisk’s Innovation Challenge announced in September. In December, a panel of judges at Harvard University awarded five winners $25,000 each to co-develop their solutions with Novo Nordisk with help from an intensive, semi-virtual accelerator program by MATTER over the coming year. Their solutions range from an injector pen cap that tracks medication usage and reminds patients when they need an injection, to AI-enabled systems that monitor patient needs and alert caregivers or advise patients when to adjust treatment in easy-to-understand language.
For more information, see MATTER’s announcement here.
PCPI and The Wright Center share lessons from the Closing the Referral Loop project with AHQA members
In December, Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, PCPI’s Director of Quality Improvement, and colleagues from The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (TWCGME), shared lessons on improving communication & ambulatory referral management to members of the American Health Quality Association (the trade association for QIN-QIOs). The presenters outlined the practice and work flow changes that were critical to improving the closed referral rate from 40% to 75%. The presentation reviewed the Closing the Referral Tool Kit and the value of Care Compacts, the role of the referral coordinator, and the use of Health Information Service Providers to improve communication between clinical practices. The tool kit provides a number of resources and sample documents. The tool kit may be downloaded at: https://www.thepcpi.org/page/CRL.
PCPI and WGME will be expanding their CRL work to diagnostic accuracy, with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), thanks to a recently awarded grant from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation. Read the news release here.
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Get involved with PCPI Today
Want to learn more about PCPI and how you can get involved in our initiatives to develop scientifically valid performance measures, implement quality improvement initiatives and access multiple registries to drive optimal outcomes? Contact PCPI Membership Manager, Bevin Rousopoulos.