Category: Practice Transformation

What’s the difference between an ACO, IPA and MSO?

Date: June 5th, 2020

Accountable care organizations, independent physician associations, and managed services organizations all offer benefits to primary care providers. But what are the differences and how do they impact participation in value-based care?

Tips for Preventing Readmissions through Patient Follow-up Calls

Preventing readmission isn’t an impossible dream. With the right people asking the right questions at the right time, you can ensure that your patients get the help they need when they need it.

Important Opportunity for Primary Care Practices; Launches This April

Date: February 11th, 2020

The Facilitating Alcohol Screening and Treatment (FAST) program is seeking participation from primary care practices in Colorado

What’s on the horizon for MIPS in 2020?

Date: August 19th, 2019

On July 29, 2019, CMS released its proposed rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including proposed changes to MIPS in 2020 and beyond. Here are some highlights to help you navigate these proposed changes, focusing on the 2020 performance year.

MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Start Submitting Data for 2018 through April 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program.

2019 QPP Final Rule Summary

The 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule was released yesterday. For those of you who don’t have time to read the final rule’s 2,400 pages, CORHIO’s Transformation Support Services Manager Lauren O’Kipney has created the following summary.

New electronic clinical quality measures reporting program for SIM practices

Date: October 18th, 2018

SIM practices (all cohorts) can now apply for a new electronic clinical quality measures reporting program to automate this process and save time.

What in the world is a CHITA?

Date: March 21st, 2018

A Clinical Health Information Technical Advisor, or CHITA, is essentially a practice coach focusing on healthcare information technology.

In the MIPS program? Participating in the CORHIO HIE can help you meet key measures.

Date: December 6th, 2017

As you prepare to participate in the full MIPS track next year, you’ll need to improve your chances of a high score in the four performance categories of Quality, Cost, Improvement Activities and Advancing Care Information. Participating in the CORHIO health information exchange can help with Advancing Care Information (ACI), which replaces Meaningful Use for Medicare participants, and Improvement Activities.

New Website for Colorado Practices to Find Transformation Opportunities

Date: May 15th, 2017

Launched by Practice Innovation Program Colorado, a new online catalog and interactive self-assessment tool shows what’s available to support and advance primary care in the transformation process.

Recorded Webinar: Steps to be Successful in MIPS in 2017

Date: March 24th, 2017

In a new webinar, Erin Dormaier, CHTS – IM, PCMH CCE, CORHIO Transformation Support Services Manager, breaks down your reporting options for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one track of the Quality Payment Program that is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). She provides tips on successful reporting for the following categories (which are likely to include things your organization is already doing).

What you should know about healthcare cyber liability

Date: July 12th, 2016

According to Symantec’s 2016 “Internet Security Threat Report,” the healthcare sector had 39% of all data breaches in 2015. The report also shows 429 million identities were exposed in 2015, a 23% increase over 2014, with hundreds of millions more identities possibly exposed in incidents that were not reported.

HIPAA Audit Preparation Tip: Document Your Training

Date: June 29th, 2016
Topics: HIPAA

OCR, the Health and Human Services agency responsible for enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Regulations, has begun a new phase of HIPAA audits. One of the things you can do to prepare for a potential audit is to document your practice’s HIPAA training.

Are Your Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management Programs Updated?

Date: March 11th, 2016

With the deadline for attesting to the EHR Incentive Programs fast-approaching and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announcing 200 desk audits in 2016, its time to make certain your security risk analysis (Objective 1), and risk management programs are up-to-date and sufficient to meet requirements.

Upcoming Deadlines for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

Date: February 29th, 2016
Topics: PQRS

Here are some important upcoming deadlines for Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to avoid penalties for not submitting 2015 quality data. Depending on which submission method you use, deadlines range from early to late March.

Sustainable Growth Rate

Date: April 3rd, 2015
Topics: PQRS, SGR

With the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) repeal passing earlier this year there was a collective sigh of relief. The 21% cut to Medicare payments was permanently taken off the table. With the passage of the SGR fix CMS has also put a plan in place to simplify the Quality Reporting program.