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The Opioid Crisis: Upcoming CMS Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate

The Opioid Crisis: Upcoming CMS Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate

Reminder: You are invited - CMS Town Hall Meeting The Opioid Epidemic: Approaches to Adolescents and Honored Elders ....highlighting the importance of collaboration among clinicians and community members to address the opioid crisis Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 -...

CMS Changes to OPPS and ASC Payment System Rule

CMS Changes to OPPS and ASC Payment System Rule

  On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes in the Calendar Year 2019 OPPS and ASC Payment System rule that would further advance the agency’s priority of creating a patient-centered healthcare system by greater price transparency, interoperability and significant burden...

CMS Town Hall Meeting: The Opioid Epidemic

CMS Town Hall Meeting: The Opioid Epidemic

You are invited - CMS Town Hall Meeting The Opioid Epidemic: Approaches to Adolescents and Honored Elders ....highlighting the importance of collaboration among clinicians and community members to address the opioid crisis Thursday, September 6, 2018 12:00 - 5:00 p.m....

In Case You Missed It …  Panel Discussion on E/M Coding Reform

In Case You Missed It … Panel Discussion on E/M Coding Reform

On July 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing...

A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network was asked, via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to share this information with healthcare providers and stakeholders throughout the region. Please share this important message with the providers at your...

CMS Announces Updates for Nursing Home Compare

CMS Announces Updates for Nursing Home Compare

Several updates to Nursing Home Compare are noted below: Long-Stay Hospitalization Quality Measure The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to focus on reducing hospitalizations to improve the health and safety of nursing home residents. Over the...

NEW Medicare Cards Mailed to Beneficiaries in Our Region (Wave 3)

NEW Medicare Cards Mailed to Beneficiaries in Our Region (Wave 3)

Last week, CMS announced it has begun mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries who live in Wave 3 states, including the four states that comprise the Great Plains QIN region: Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. If Medicare beneficiaries say they did...

Rural Health Strategy Released by CMS

Rural Health Strategy Released by CMS

The obstacles faced by healthcare providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different than those in urban areas. Workforce shortage problems, socioeconomic factors and health inequity envelop a broad range of issues that create healthcare disparities impacting...

Hospital Quality Reporting Update Available

Hospital Quality Reporting Update Available

The Hospital Quality Reporting Center Spring 2018 newsletter is now available. This issue contains information for acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities and PPS-exempt cancer hospitals. Topics covered include: BREAKING NEWS!...

MyHealthEData: Putting Patients at the Center

MyHealthEData: Putting Patients at the Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently renewed its commitment to interoperability with the MyHealthEData initiative, which aims to ensure patients have comprehensive access to their own health data. The initiative focuses on providing patients...

Upcoming Events

Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Only 20% of people with opioid use disorder receive treatment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic lists expanding access to treatment as a key area[...]
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Learn how a large system practice and rural clinic practice are using Chronic Care Management Programs to better coordinate care, increase communication to providers, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and ED visits, empower the patient[...]
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Annually thousands of Americans are hospitalized and even die due to vaccine-preventable diseases.  Healthcare workers care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications so it is especially important for them to get[...]
Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Would you like to earn the highest MIPS score you can achieve for your practice? Are you selecting the right quality measures? Do you know how well you are performing against the CMS[...]
Aug 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
Register Now Click here to download the brochure Overview and Purpose: Health and quality of life rely on many community systems and factors, not simply on a well-functioning health and medical care system. Making changes[...]
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Register Now Presentation Slide Handout   By attending this event, participants will gain additional knowledge about the IMPACT Act and realize how it will help Long-Term Care (LTC) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) improve quality[...]
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Register Now Presentation slide handout Overview and Purpose: Join Peg Gilbert as she reviews the list of top ten common areas for infection prevention improvement and the evidence-based best practices for addressing them.  Participants will[...]