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Upcoming WebEx: All Cause Harm Prevention in Nursing Homes

Upcoming WebEx: All Cause Harm Prevention in Nursing Homes

Applying Strategies from the New CMS Change Package Join this WebEx to hear successful strategies and specific actions to improve the quality of life and care for those residing in nursing homes. Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:00 - 3:00 p.m CT One-third of SNF residents...

CMS Quality Payment Program Updates [Looking Back and Ahead]

CMS Quality Payment Program Updates [Looking Back and Ahead]

CMS Released the Year 1 (2017) Quality Payment Program Performance Data infographic which gives breakdowns on who participated, payment adjustments, as well as mean/median scores. The 2017 performance year for the Quality Payment Program was: The first year of the...

CMS Releases the 2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule

CMS Releases the 2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule

Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program will shift clinicians’ time from completing unnecessary paperwork to providing innovative, high-quality patient care. Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles

CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions...

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...

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...

Upcoming Events

Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center - LaVista
Submit Presentation Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) – Nebraska is pleased to announce its Call for Presentations for the 16th annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum. Do you have valuable healthcare knowledge that could help your peers navigate the[...]
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Northeast Community College; Norfolk, Nebraska
          How are immunizations, antibiotic use and sepsis related? How can an increased knowledge impact your organization’s practices? How will a better understanding improve the lives of your patients? Want to learn more?[...]
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Northeast Community College, Life Long Learning Center – Suites F & G
  Join national sepsis expert and champion, Dr. Steven Q. Simpson as he facilitates learning and discussion on the critical role of EMS in the early recognition and management of septic patients through the use[...]
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Mid-Plains Community College North Platte, Nebraska Thursday, March 28, 2019 Holthus Convention Center York, Nebraska Want to see how others have implemented quality concepts into best practices for patient centered care?[...]
Mar 21 @ 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Mid-Plains Community College North Platte, Nebraska Thursday, March 28, 2019 Holthus Convention Center York, Nebraska Want to see how others have implemented quality concepts into best practices for patient centered care?[...]
Feb 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Improving the Patient Experience Learning and Action Network Series Healthcare is personal. Any individual in need of healthcare services becomes vulnerable. The level of comfort and confidence relayed by healthcare professionals at every[...]
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Emergency medical services personnel care for a substantial and increasing number of patients with sepsis. Rapid diagnosis and intervention for severe sepsis and septic shock is critical for appropriate treatment. This webinar will[...]
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Empowering nurses to participate in antimicrobial stewardship programs is the missing link in strengthening antimicrobial stewardship and improving patient care.  It has been found that nurses are generally not comfortable with microbiology reports.  Join us[...]
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now CMS recently published the final rule that provides updates to the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes the Medicare Incentive-based Payment Program (MIPS) and Advanced Payment Models. Policy changes include expanding the[...]