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ID/OR/WA Associations Presents: CMS’ Proposed Changes to the QPP (MACRA) Program

This OnDemand webinar will address the CMS 2018 Proposed Rule Changes regarding MACRA. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for eligible clinicians. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS),through rule making, began implementation of QPP for calendar year 2017. The recently announced rule provides proposed updates for the second and future years of the Quality Payment Program. This is the opportunity to make comments on the proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule are due by 5 PM EDT, August 21, 2017. This webinar will help facilitate understanding of the proposed rule by focusing on a comparison between calendar year 2017 and the proposed changes for calendar 2018.

Dr. Nancy Fisher, chief medical officer of CMS Region 10 and Lauri Tan, health insurance specialist, will be the presenters.

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MACRA CMS Final Rule – Refining Your Strategy

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MACRA and Value-Based Care: Creating Your Organization's Strategy

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Free webinar | MACRA – Setting the Foundation

This presentation addresses the basics of MACRA as a Medicare value-based care initiative; its two pathways of alternative payment models and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); financial incentives vs. penalties; and the impact on your organization.

This one-hour webinar was co-sponsored by the WSMA and the Washington State Hospital Association and was recorded Oct. 12, 2016.

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Free Webinar - The 3 Most Important Benefits of Implementing a Medical Scribe Program

Medical scribes are the best lever to improve physician efficiency and clinic performance, patient satisfaction, physician retention and recruitment, and clinic revenue. Scribes perform EMR documentation and other clerical tasks for the physician. Delegating these tasks to appropriately trained scribes frees doctors to perform higher-level tasks, making them more efficient and improving their job satisfaction. When clinics implement scribe programs, doctors see dramatic reduction in time spent performing documentation and other non-medical tasks, reduced wait times for patient appointments, improved documentation quality, and better relationships with patients.

In this presentation we will review:

  • The costs and benefits of implementing a scribe program
  • The differences between in-house and outsourced solutions
  • And real-world results of case studies in which scribes have been deployed

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Creating Physician-Focused Alternative Payment Models

Physician payment models are changing—the time to prepare is now.

CMS has released its proposed rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) restructuring how physicians are paid for Medicare Part B services. MACRA will implement the most extensive collection of changes since RBRVS was introduced in 1992.

The WSMA recommends that physicians prepare themselves now to minimize the impact to their practices. To assist you, physicians and practice staff are highly encouraged to review our OnDemand webinar, Creating Physician-Focused Alternative Payment Models: A Practical Workshop for Physicians, co-presented by MGMA Washington.

This recording captures the highlights of the four-hour presentation offered live on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

The webinar features Harold D. Miller, a national expert on health care payment reform and member of CMS’ technical advisory committee on alternative payment models. This webinar will guide you in preparing to participate—and succeed—in these new models, no matter the size of your practice.

General learning objectives:

  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of different physician payment models.
  • Identify how payment models can be structured to protect physicians from inappropriate financial risk and to ensure patients have adequate access to care.
  • Determine how primary care physicians and specialists can work collaboratively to improve patient care and create successful "accountable care organizations."
  • Evaluate how to obtain and use data to develop or evaluate the business case for a particular payment model from the perspective of both the physician practice and a payer.
  • Identify what physician practices need to do to prepare themselves to participate and succeed in alternative payment models.
  • Apply concepts so physician practices can remain independent in the world of value-based payment.

Presenter
Harold D. Miller is the CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, a national expert on health care payment reform and member of CMS’ technical advisory committee on alternative payment models. Miller has authored a number of papers and reports on health care payment and delivery reform and has given invited testimony to Congress on how to reform health care payment. Miller also serves as Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

$225 MEMBER OF WSMA or MGMA-WA
$399 NON-MEMBER 

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Disclosure summary
Planning committee disclosure: The planning committee for this activity, Shane Macaulay, Bob Perna and Michelle Lott, have indicated no relevant financial relationships with an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Their participation in planning was fair and unbiased.

Faculty disclosure: All faculty have indicated no relevant financial relationships with an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Their presentations will be fair and unbiased.

CME credit
The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 4 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

To obtain CME credits
Participants will need to complete a CME quiz available at the end of the module. CME credit will be awarded after the post quiz has been graded and participant receives a score of 80 percent. To claim CME credit, please provide your contact information within the survey and a CME certificate will be mailed to you within 30 days.

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Creating Physician-Focused Alternative Payment Models: A Practical Workshop for Physicians was originally recorded June 25, 2016. Accreditation will terminate June 25, 2017.

For further reading
American Medical Association. Evaluating pay-for-performance contracts. September 2015.  

American Medical Association. Evaluating bundled or episode-based contracts. September 2015.

American Medical Association. Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act Proposed Rule Summary. April 2016.

American Society of Clinical Oncology. Patient-Centered Oncology Payment: Payment Reform to Support Higher Quality, More Affordable Cancer Care. May 2015.

Miller, HD. A guide to physician-focused alternative payment models; Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform.

Miller, HD. The Building Blocks of Payment Reform: Designing Payment Systems that Support Higher-Value Health Care.

Yong PL, Saunders RS, Olsen L. The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes: Workshop Series Summary. Institute of Medicine. 2010.


Driving the Bus or Under the Bus? Creating a Physician-Led Approach to Value-Based Care; Presented by Harold D. Miller

This free one-hour webinar on value-based payment models is specifically designed for physicians.

General learning objectives:

  • Evaluate and describe the three different choices about “value-based payments” that physicians will face over the next few years.
  • Explain the concepts that physicians will need to choose the path most favorable to them and them and their patients.
  • Summarize the various Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that are currently being promoted and describe how they are problematic.
  • Use concepts to show how well designed APMs can be developed to meet the needs of physicians, patients, and payers.

Presenter
Harold D. Miller is the CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, a national expert on health care payment reform and member of CMS’ technical advisory committee on Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Miller has authored a number of papers and reports on health care payment and delivery reform and has given invited testimony to Congress on how to reform health care payment. Miller also serves as Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Disclosure summary
Planning committee disclosure: The planning committee for this activity, Shane Macaulay, Bob Perna and Michelle Lott, have indicated no relevant financial relationships with an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Their participation in planning was fair and unbiased.

Faculty disclosure: All faculty have indicated no relevant financial relationships with an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Their presentations will be fair and unbiased.

CME credit
The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this enduring material for 1 hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

To obtain CME credits
Participants will need to complete a CME quiz available at the end of the module. CME credit will be awarded after the post quiz has been graded and participant receives a score of 80 percent. To claim CME credit, please provide your contact information within the survey and a CME certificate will be mailed to you within 30 days.

Take CME quiz

Complete webinar evaluation 

Driving the Bus or Under the Bus? Creating a Physician-Led Approach to Value-Based Care was originally recorded May 9, 2016. Accreditation will terminate May 9, 2017.

For further reading
American Medical Association. Evaluating pay-for-performance contracts. September 2015.  

American Medical Association. Evaluating bundled or episode-based contracts. September 2015.

Miller, HD. The Building Blocks of Payment Reform: Designing Payment Systems that Support Higher-Value Health Care.


Free webinar | Healthier Washington: Analytics, Interoperability and Measurement Project

The HCA has announced that participation in the new Washington Link4Health Clinical Data Repository is required for all provider organizations that are contracted with managed care organizations, see Apple Health managed care enrollees and have a certified EHR. The agency has set Feb. 1, 2017 as the deadline for participation.

The WSMA and MGMA Washington has co-hosted a free webinar with the HCA and OneHealthPort, which will provide details on the clinical data repository and other elements of the state’s Analytics, Interoperability and Measurement (AIM) project.

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Free webinar | Medical Records Management: Solutions for Physician Practices

A number of variables affect the length of time a physician practice should keep a medical record. Factors include state/federal laws, medical board policies and the record type (for example, an adult versus a pediatric patient). Managing the medical record is an important responsibility for all practices especially in this changing environment.

This free 90-minute webinar will help you learn about the various rules regarding records retention and solutions for your practice to consider. We’ll also introduce you to Spectrum Information Services Northwest, a WSMA-endorsed partner which offers easy and affordable solutions that reduce the expense and liability risks of managing your patients’ records. SIS NW can assume custodianship of all records, reducing your risk of HIPAA violations.

This program addresses the following topics:

  • Risks and requirements for physicians and practices.
  • Records management and retention timeframes for Washington state.
  • Typical scenarios and possible solutions to reduce risk and workload.

Presenter
Greg Mennegar has served as vice president of sales for Spectrum Information Services NW, Inc. since 2006. He has over 30 years of experience in the document and records management industry, including management of the imaging program for the Washington State Archives, operations management for one of the largest computer output microfilm service bureaus in the U.S., and extensive sales and consulting experience. SIS NW provides cost-effective imaging services and imaging consulting services with a strong focus on health care. SIS NW provides solutions for medical chart conversions, revenue management, managing patient records and automating paper processes. Greg can be reached at (360) 866-0366 or via email at gmennegar@sisnwinc.com.

This 90-minute webinar was recorded on March 18, 2015.

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Applying Coding Rules: Getting Paid Right!

Understanding the assignment and sequencing of codes is essential to ensure proper coding and reimbursement for your services. To do so, practice staff need a clear understanding of National Correct Coding Initiative edits and how insurers use these and other rules to adjudicate claims for payment.

Most insurers use NCCI edits to establish their coding and policy guidelines. So it’s critically important for effectively managing your practice’s revenue cycle to understand how those coding rules and payer-specific policies determine whether your claims get paid.

Having a thorough understanding of those rules makes better use of staff time, by avoiding needless hours spent on correcting inaccurate coding used when initially submitting claims, so that the practice is paid quickly and accurately. Also, the practice can thereby reduce the risks of potential audits and penalties by insurers.

We will cover:

  • Understanding “bundling” and NCCI edits.
  • How NCCI edits affect reimbursement.
  • Critical actions for understanding and preventing claim denials.
  • Rules for avoiding NCCI edits through the proper use of modifiers.
  • Tips on finding authoritative and relevant guidance on coding rules!

This 90-minute webinar was recorded on Aug. 14, 2013.

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$89 NON-MEMBER 

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Chart Auditing and Documentation Improvement: CPT, ICD-9 and ICD-10

Practices that maintain an effective documentation improvement program have medical records that achieve needed attributes of accuracy, legibility, completeness, clarity, consistency, precision and reliability.

Government programs and commercial health insurers alike are mounting increasingly intrusive and potentially damaging initiatives to review your claims. Physicians and practice administrative staff need to understand the risks posed by audits and take proactive steps to achieve compliance and reduce exposure.

The single best strategy for protecting your practice against being harmed by audits is to conduct an effective compliance program, which includes auditing chart for documentation improvements to support clinical care and billing.

Get the latest guidance on these issues:

  • Learn the essential steps in the chart auditing process.
  • Implement a chart auditing program at your practice.
  • Know the crucial elements of accurate and comprehensive documentation.
  • Identify areas in upcoming diagnosis coding changes, including new terminology.
  • Review useful examples of documentation improvement areas.
  • Discuss documenting “specificity” and “medical necessity” in your charts.
  • Tips on how to effectively communicate the documentation process to your physicians.

This 90-minute webinar was recorded on July 17, 2013.

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$89 NON-MEMBER 

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Best Practices in Documentation, Medical Records Compliance and Audit Defense Systems

The health care community, including physician practices, face a situation where the federal government is categorizing billions and billions of dollars worth of claims for services as inappropriate and possibly fraudulent.

One of the greatest challenges is how to prepare for audits, endure accurate documentation, and maintain compliance with multiple rules and requirements. Therefore, physicians and practice staff need to prepare for, and manage, internal policies to address these very real concerns on documentation and compliance. Those policies will assist the practice in minimizing the risk of being audited, and will help ensure that any audit findings are fair and accurate.

You will learn:

  • Get paid fully and promptly. Apply tools to bulletproof medical record documentation for payment reimbursement, risk management, and government compliance purposes.
  • Identify and develop policies and procedures to improve documentation, ensure compliance throughout the practice at all staffing levels.
  • Learn how to assess your risk of an audit.
  • Protect yourself! Implement effective processes to defend against adverse audits.

This 90-minute webinar was recorded on Feb. 28, 2013.

$49 MEMBER OF WSMA or MGMA-WA
$129 NON-MEMBER 

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