Get Free Claims Coding & Reporting Assistance

TMF Health Quality Institute

Clinicians and practices planning to use claims to report for the Quality category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018 should take steps now to ensure they can fulfill data completeness criteria for their selected measures. The Q&A article from TMF Health Quality Institute reviews requirements and processes for claims-based reporting, including how to choose applicable Quality measures. (View the article online here: Q&A: Claims Submission for MIPS Quality Category). You may also can get answers to questions about claims-based reporting or any MIPS topic from a TMF consultant by phone, email or online chat. TMF direct technical assistance is funded by CMS to provide free QPP assistance. Find our contact information at https://www.tmf.org/qpp.

 

Updated Kansas Infectious Disease Regulations Effective May 11

KDHE

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has updated Kansas Administrative Regulations that regulate the reporting of and isolation and quarantine for infectious or contagious diseases and other health conditions (K.A.R. 28-1-1 through 28-1-18). The regulations go into effect May 11, 2018 and can be found at Regulations Related to Infectious or Contagious Diseases and Conditions. Please download REPORTABLE DISEASES IN KANSAS and post or distribute appropriately.

For 4-hour reportable diseases, a report must be made by telephone to the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317. For all other reportable diseases, fax a Kansas Reportable Disease Form and any lab results to your local health department or to KDHE at 877-427-7318. Reportable Disease Forms are available at Disease Reporting for Health Professionals. Please consult the person at your facility who is responsible for disease reporting to ensure that they are aware of the new regulations.

Important Survey on Board Certification is due May 11

Vision Initiative

The Vision Initiative—a collaborative effort created by the American Board of Medical Specialties—is conducting an important survey and needs your input to re-envision the future of continuing board certification and physician assessment.

Please take the survey on or before the May 11 response deadline.

The better data the Vision Initiative gathers, the clearer the answers will be regarding how the board certification process should evolve to truly serve the needs of physicians and their patients.

Help construct the future of continuing board certification today. Take the survey.

KHI offers program and lunch on “Rising Stress-Related Deaths in Kansas”

Kansas Health Institute

You are invited to attend this event:

Rising Stress-Related Deaths in Kansas: A Community and Socioeconomic Perspective

Friday, May 11, 2018

9:45 a.m. registration
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. program & lunch

Kansas Health Institute
212 SW 8th Ave. | Topeka, KS 66603

For those who are not able to attend in person, participation via web conference will be available.  Limited seating, register now!

Updated Guide Helps Improve Safety in Primary Care Settings

AHRQ

AHRQ’s updated Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families features strategies for patients and families, clinicians and primary care clinical staff to improve communication.

Evidence suggests that enhanced communication leads to significant improvements in patient safety, the quality of care and patient experiences. The guide also features advice from practices from across the country that implemented the interventions.

Access the guide.

Parent Health Literacy Training Opportunities

KS Head Start Assoc

The KHSA Parent Health Literacy project partners with agencies, medical providers, schools and human services organizations who serve families with young children to provide this important health literacy resource.  The training is free.  Three CEUs are available for $15.  Attendees will receive the resources needed to teach parents how to use the “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” book using effective, evidence based teaching methods.  This training is appropriate for any staff who work directly with parents/patients, supervisors and program directors.  Training opportunities are available for the following dates/locations:

Please see the  KHSA website for further information about the Parent Health Literacy Project.

 

 

 

 

Chronic Disease Self-Management leader training available for you & staff

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Leader Training is available for you and/or staff for Chronic Disease-Self Management and Diabetes Self- Management. These trainings are in Dodge City, Kansas during the month of May. For more information and please download and share the Tools for Better Health flyer. There are several ways you can promote self-management education in Kansas.  Anyone can become certified through attending training for four days. Participants will receive everything needed to facilitate a workshop, including training, support, books, CDs, and workshop supplies at no cost. Become a partner by referring your patients to self-management workshops. Assistance will be provided to streamline a referral process. For more information, contact Alissa Rankin at 316-570-1516 or alissa.rankin@wichita.edu.

Grant Funding Opportunities

KDHE

Here are some grant opportunities you and your practice may be interested in pursuing:

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program – Application Deadline: May 7, 2018

Grants to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in maternal and child health nutrition.

CDC Funding for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke – Application Deadline: June 11, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make 51 awards of up to $3 million each to support state investments in evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease and diabetes in populations that are disproportionately affected.

Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program – Application Deadline: June 29, 2018

The Universal Service Fund (USF) Rural Health Care program reduces the cost of broadband connectivity for rural public or nonprofit health care providers or networks.  The fund is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under auspices of the Federal Communications Commission.   Visit the USAC website to see a calendar for filing window periods as well as training events, webinars and resources.

 

Share your Input on Continuing Board Certification

Vision Initiative

The Vision Initiative—a collaborative effort created by the American Board of Medical Specialties—is conducting an important survey and needs your input to re-envision the future of continuing board certification and physician assessment.

Please take the survey on or before the May 11 response deadline.

The better data the Vision Initiative gathers, the clearer the answers will be regarding how the board certification process should evolve to truly serve the needs of physicians and their patients.

Help construct the future of continuing board certification today. Take the survey.

2018 NHSC Scholarship Program

KDHE

Accepting applications through Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm

Apply Here!

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) released the 2018 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Scholarship Program.

The NHSC Scholarship Program awards funds to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend.

After completion of graduation/training, recipients fulfill their service commitment at one of more than 16,000 NHSC-approved sites throughout the nation and its territories. Each scholar serves for a minimum of two years and receives one year of financial support (up to four years) for each year of service at an NHSC site.