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Clinician's Perspective

As a family physician I have not one but two jobs these days: take great care of my patients and continually improve my practice. I look forward to working with the practice improvement facilitators in the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network to help me do both of these jobs better. An extra pair of skilled hands will be a welcome addition to our improvement team.John Hickner, MD, MSc Professor and Head, Family Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago

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Webinars

PRIME Registry Dashboard Demo and Q&A with Technical Team
Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. (EST)
In this interactive webinar, attendees will learn how practice EHR data are turned into actionable clinical quality measures through the PRIME Registry on-boarding process, and how automated reporting reduces and streamlines effort for a wide variety of reporting and performance improvement needs. Attendees will also view a demonstration of the PRIME Registry dashboard and see how to target opportunities for improvement at the patient, clinician, and practice level (and across multiple sites of a single practice). (PRIME SAN)


Improving Patient and Family Engagement Using Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision Making Tools to Facilitate Change
Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. (EST)
In this second in a series of four modules on patient and family engagement, Bruce Block, MD, from Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, will walk participants through using motivational interviewing and shared decision making strategies to support patients through implementing a behavior change. In this module you will learn about: The Nature of Change and Implications for Facilitators, Eliciting Motivations and Supporting Change Talk, Engagement and Shared Decision-making: Key Steps Along the Way, Behaviors to Avoid when Engaging Patients, and Reliable Resources for Further Information. This module is intended for PTN practice advisors and other staff, as well as practices participating in a PTN; specifically, those focused on how patient and family engagement can be used to support Change Tactics related to Patient and Family Engagement (1.1.1; 1.1.2; 1.1.3; 1.1.4; 1.6.2)  (NRHI SAN)


Exploring the Use of Collaborative Care Management Codes
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. (EST)
On January 1, 2017, Psychiatric Collaborative Care Management Services (CoCM) were implemented by Medicare to support providers in the integration of behavioral health care with primary care. Join Dr. Thomas Sneed, Medical Director at Tri-County Mental Health Services, and Mary Jean Mork, LCSW, Vice President of Integrated Programming at Maine Behavioral Health Care and Maine Health, for this webinar exploring the details of CoCM services and how this model can enhance your primary care practice by partnering with behavioral health services. (NNE-PTN)


Small Practice National LAN Webinar: The Mechanics of MIPS Submission Options
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (EST)
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (EST)
As you are either actively participating, or preparing to participate, in MIPS for the 2017 transition year, you should also consider the mechanism of how you will submit your data to CMS. We understand that the mechanics of submitting the required data for the MIPS performance categories may be overwhelming and complex, and are here to help you through the process. This webinar will be moderated by Bruce Spurlock, M.D., President & CEO of Cynosure Health Solutions, and will feature a panel of clinicians and experts discussing the options for submitting MIPS data. The mechanics of using registries, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), claims or other processes to submit data will be described along with the pros and cons of each option for MIPS eligible clinicians in small practices. View this flyer for more information. (IMPAQ)


MIPS Performance Categories: Scoring Examples
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. (EST)
So you know the basics of the Quality Payment Program, and you know the four MIPS performance categories. But do you know how each category is scored, and how you can earn points to maximize your score based on your specific situation? Join PHA’s Natalie Stewart for an in-depth look at the scoring methodologies for each performance category, and some scoring demonstrations. (Purdue Healthcare Advisors)


Deep Dive into MU Measures
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. (EST)
Join Janet Baxter, Meaningful Use (MU) Program Manager at the Alliance of Chicago, for a deep dive into each MU measure, what they mean for your practice, and suggestions on how to meet these measures. The webinar will include a brief overview of MU proposed changes; Stage 2 measures and what you’ll need for Stage 3; an in-depth look at each measure and how it affects your practice; and a brief Q & A following the presentation. (Alliance of Chicago)


Impact of High Emergency Department Utilization – A View from the Trenches
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, from 12-1 p.m. (EST)
Join Sine St. Pierre, Practice Manager, Emergency Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center, and Bill Legere, Nurse Practitioner at Central Maine Medical Center, as they discuss the many barriers the ED can face while trying to provide high quality, coordinated care to patients. They will explore the importance of complex care plans and care coordination within the ED and provide examples of solutions to some of these issues. (NNE-PTN)


GLPTN Exploring APMs Series: Considerations Before Joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, from 12:30-1 p.m. (EST)
Exploring APMs graphicBy now we’ve all heard the acronyms APMs and Advanced APMs, but what do they really mean? How will they impact MACRA and what do providers need to know? These are just a few questions we will explore as the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network launches a free, three-part webinar series exploring Alternative Payment Models and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. While CMS expects more than 80% of eligible clinicians to attest under MIPS this year, they expect a significant shift over the next three to five years as more providers move toward value-based care. Understanding APMs is the first step! (GLPTN/ILHITREC)


GLPTN Exploring APMs Series: First Steps in Transitioning to Advanced APMs
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, from 12:30-1 p.m. (EST)
Exploring APMs graphicBy now we’ve all heard the acronyms APMs and Advanced APMs, but what do they really mean? How will they impact MACRA and what do providers need to know? These are just a few questions we will explore as the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network launches a free, three-part webinar series exploring Alternative Payment Models and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. While CMS expects more than 80% of eligible clinicians to attest under MIPS this year, they expect a significant shift over the next three to five years as more providers move toward value-based care. Understanding APMs is the first step! (GLPTN/KentuckyREC)


Using Data and Discussion to Drive Improvement
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, from 6-7:30 p.m. (EST)
As part of the ACP Leadership Academy’s Webinar Series “Improving Patient Outcomes through Quality Improvement,” this webinar will show you how to find, use, and communicate the data that your practice already generates to propel change. This free webinar explains quality improvement efforts and explores how to get your team on the QI bandwagon. The webinar will talk from Wendi Knapp, MD, FACP, on how to find, use, and communicate the data that your practice already generates to propel change. Dr. Knapp is an internist and hospitalist for Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health Affiliate from Santa Cruz, CA. She is also the Medical Director of Variation Reduction, a clinical analytics program at Sutter Health Northern California. (ACP SAN)


 

Accessing & Understanding Your QRUR
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, from 12-1:30 p.m. (EST)
In the fall of 2017, CMS will make the 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) available to all group and solo practitioners subject to the Value Based Payment Modifier, which is identifiable by Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). The 2016 QRUR shows each TIN how they performed in 2016 on the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2018 value modifier. Join PHA’s Patty Rose to find out how to access your QRUR, how to interpret and understand how the value modifier will apply to your Medicare Part B payments in 2018, and how to use the information to identify areas to focus improvements as we transition into the Quality Payment Program. (Purdue Healthcare Advisors)

*SAN stands for Support & Alignment Network