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Qsource Selected as a Recipient of QIN-QIO Task Order 1 Award

INDIANAPOLIS: On November, 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a five-year contract to Qsource to serve as a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in Indiana under the recently launched 12th Statement of Work.

  • QPP: Patient Relationship Codes Optional . . . For Now

    QPP: Patient Relationship Codes Optional . . . For Now

    If you haven’t heard of patient relationship codes or don’t remember the term, then you’re not alone. MACRA or the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 required the development of these patient relationship categories which aim to distinguish the relationship and responsibility of a clinician with a patient at the time of furnishing […]  Read More »
  • QPP: Learn More About APMs and Earn CME Credit with These 2019 CME Modules

    QPP: Learn More About APMs and Earn CME Credit with These 2019 CME Modules

    CMS has posted 5 continuing medical education (CME) modules on Alternative Payment Models (APMs). You can access them by logging into your Medicare Learning Network (MLN) account or creating one here. Once logged in, type the name of the module into the search bar at the top of the website to find it. The new […]  Read More »
  • QPP: How to Use your 2018 Performance Feedback

    QPP: How to Use your 2018 Performance Feedback

    In July 2019, CMS posted MIPS performance feedback for the 2018 performance period for all MIPS-eligible clinicians who exceeded the low-volume threshold and/or participated voluntarily. While the targeted review period is ongoing, to view your current feedback, simply log in to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website using your HCQIS Authorization Roles and Profile (HARP) […]  Read More »
  • CMS Releases Final Rule for the 2020 QPP

    CMS Releases Final Rule for the 2020 QPP

    Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final policies for the 2020 performance year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) via the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule. The 2020 performance year will maintain many of the requirements from the 2019 performance year, while providing some needed updates to both […]  Read More »
  • QPP: What is Health Information Exchange and How to Make it Work for Your Practice

    QPP: What is Health Information Exchange and How to Make it Work for Your Practice

    2019 Reporting and HIE For the performance year 2019, 2015 Edition CEHRT is required for participation in this performance category and the PI measures fall under four objectives. Clinicians are required to report measures from each of the four objectives to complete their PI requirements. e-Prescribing – Worth 10 percent of PI score Health Information […]  Read More »
  • Protected: Message From Our CEO

    Protected: Message From Our CEO

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  • Powerful Change: Our Work in Stories

    Powerful Change: Our Work in Stories

    Read how quality improvement advisors made a difference in the lives of people with Medicare and the healthcare providers who serve them.  Read More »
  • Get Credit for Something You May Already Be Doing

    Get Credit for Something You May Already Be Doing

    How would you like to get Quality Payment Program credit for a process you may already have in place? You may merely need to review and update your existing process.  IA_PSPA_6 Consultation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is an improvement activity in which many providers are already participating. Listen to this new four-minute podcast […]  Read More »
  • QPP | Deadline to Submit a MIPS Targeted Review Request is Sept. 30

    QPP | Deadline to Submit a MIPS Targeted Review Request is Sept. 30

    Deadline to Submit a MIPS Targeted Review Request is Sept. 30 If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, your performance feedback, which includes your MIPS final score and payment adjustment factor(s), are now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. The MIPS payment adjustment you will receive in […]  Read More »
  • PopSickleCellMonth

    PopSickleCellMonth

    Sickle Cell Patients Share Photos and Treats to Improve Care at Memphis Emergency Departments MEMPHIS, TN [September 3, 2019] On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, patients and quality improvement experts will be popping up at some local hospital emergency departments (EDs) to offer a tasty treat and a view of sickle cell disease (SCD) through patients’ […]  Read More »
  • Webinar | Maximizing Your Quality Score: Beyond the Basics for Solo, Small Group Practices

    Webinar | Maximizing Your Quality Score: Beyond the Basics for Solo, Small Group Practices

    As the Quality Payment Program matures, many solo and small group practices, including specialty practices, are realizing that earning a high-quality score is becoming more challenging as some quality measures are becoming topped-out, preventing providers from earning a higher than average score. Each year practices should reassess which quality measures will work best for them […]  Read More »
  • 2018 Performance Feedback Review Deadline Sept. 30

    2018 Performance Feedback Review Deadline Sept. 30

    MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups (along with their designated support staff or authorized third-party intermediary), including APM participants, may request CMS to review the calculation of their 2020 MIPS payment adjustment factor(s) through a process called targeted review. If one of your practices believe an error has been made in their 2020 MIPS […]  Read More »
  • Proposed Rule to Set Performance Threshold for 2020, 2021

    Proposed Rule to Set Performance Threshold for 2020, 2021

    Every year the most significant news that comes from the proposed rule and later the final rule is the increase in the performance threshold, otherwise known as the minimum score an eligible clinician must achieve to stay penalty-free. The proposed rule in 2020 aims to set the performance threshold for both 2020 and 2021, moving […]  Read More »
  • Tutorial Webinar: RFA Application Portal

    Tutorial Webinar: RFA Application Portal

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the ET3 Model team are pleased to announce that the RFA Application Portal will be available the week of August 5th, 2019. Another announcement will notify you when it is officially open and available on the ET3 Model web page. The ET3 Model team will be […]  Read More »
  • ESRD, DMEPOS CY 2020 Proposed Rule

    ESRD, DMEPOS CY 2020 Proposed Rule

    On July 29, CMS issued a proposed rule that proposes to update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2020. This rule also: Proposes updates to the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) dialysis payment rate for renal dialysis […]  Read More »
  • Proposed Rule: OPPS, ASC Payment System for CY 2020

    Proposed Rule: OPPS, ASC Payment System for CY 2020

    On July 29, CMS proposed policies that follow directives in an Executive Order, entitled “Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Health Care to Put Patients First,” that lay the foundation for a patient-driven health care system by making prices for items and services provided by all hospitals in the United States more transparent for […]  Read More »
  • Proposed Policy, Payment and Quality Provisions Changes for CY 2020

    Proposed Policy, Payment and Quality Provisions Changes for CY 2020

    On July 29, CMS issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2020. This proposed rule is one of several proposed rules that reflect a broader Administration-wide strategy to create a health […]  Read More »
  • 2020 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule Released

    2020 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule Released

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing major policy changes to ensure clinicians spend more time providing high-value care for patients instead of filing cumbersome paperwork. As part of CMS’s annual changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, the agency’s proposals are aimed at reducing burden, recognizing clinicians […]  Read More »
  • Landmark Price Transparency Proposals Benefit Consumers

    Landmark Price Transparency Proposals Benefit Consumers

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced three important Medicare proposed payment rules that support the transformation of the healthcare system and deliver on providing quality care for patients. Additional proposed rules Advance Agency’s Patients Over Paperwork and Meaningful Measures Initiatives, Strengthen Quality Incentives and Build on Commitment to Improving the Lives […]  Read More »
  • Office Hour Session: Primary Care First Model

    Office Hour Session: Primary Care First Model

    Please join us for an upcoming office hour session on Primary Care First model payments. Primary Care First offers an innovative payment structure that aims to promote access to advanced primary care and reward high-quality, patient-focused care. During this session, the Primary Care First model team will answer your questions related to model payment structure. […]  Read More »
  • Qsource Selected as CMS Awardee of Network for Quality Improvement Innovation Contract

    Qsource Selected as CMS Awardee of Network for Quality Improvement Innovation Contract

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected Qsource as a Prime awardee of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor. This designation will allow NQIICs to bid on Task Orders over the next five years.  Read More »
  • Qsource Appoints Ben Heavrin to Chief Medical Officer Role

    Qsource Appoints Ben Heavrin to Chief Medical Officer Role

    Benjamin S. Heavrin, MD has been appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Qsource, a Tennessee-based not-for-profit consultancy that oversees federal, state and commercial healthcare quality improvement programs in a 12-state region. In this role, Dr. Heavrin will provide clinical and administrative leadership across healthcare settings while working closely with Qsource staff and senior leadership to help define and achieve the organization’s corporate goals.   Read More »
  • Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Qsource Community Partnership Grants

    Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Qsource Community Partnership Grants

    Applicant Letter of Interest Deadline July 18, 2019  MEMPHIS, TN June 13, 2019 Applications open Friday, June 14, 2019 for Qsource Community Partnerships (QCP), Fiscal Year 2020 (FY/20) grant-funding program. Qsource, a Tennessee-based not-for-profit healthcare consultancy established its QCP funding initiative in 2018 to support community projects that pursue improvement in health outcomes. QCP grants […]  Read More »
  • Submitting Your MIPS Data: Advice for Solo and Small Group Practices

    Submitting Your MIPS Data: Advice for Solo and Small Group Practices

    With the data submission deadline around the corner, understanding the mechanics of how to submit your MIPS data and what documentation you need to retain can be challenging, especially given time constraints for solo practitioners and small group practices. This event will focus on the methods by which you can submit your 2018 MIPS data […]  Read More »
  • Focusing on Opioid Safety

    Focusing on Opioid Safety

    Focusing on Opioid Safety Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that life expectancy in the United States has decreased for the second time in three years1,2. This is due in part to increasing rates of opioid overdose deaths. There were more than 70,000 overdose deaths in 2017, the […]  Read More »
  • Qsource Community Partnerships  Announces 2019 QCP Grant Awards

    Qsource Community Partnerships Announces 2019 QCP Grant Awards

    MEMPHIS, TN [December 2018] Qsource Community Partnerships (QCP), a new grant-funding program established by Qsource to support programs that pursue improvement in health outcomes, has announced its grant awardees for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). This QCP grant cycle will support 13 health improvement projects conducted in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. Through the […]  Read More »
  • New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library

    New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library

    New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library CMS has posted the following new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on CMS.gov: 2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit: Includes an overview fact sheet, which details what virtual groups are and how to participate in a virtual group in 2019; an election process fact sheet […]  Read More »
  • Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Qsource Community Partnership Grants

    Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Qsource Community Partnership Grants

    Applicant Letter of Interest Deadline is August 21, 2018 MEMPHIS, TN July 17, 2018 Applications are now open for Qsource Community Partnerships (QCP), a new grant-funding program established by Qsource to support community projects that pursue improvement in health outcomes. QCP grants will support health improvement projects conducted in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, […]  Read More »
  • Partnerships in Indiana Focused on Improving Care Transitions

    Partnerships in Indiana Focused on Improving Care Transitions

    Working under the atom Alliance QIN-QIO contract, our Care Coordination team in Indiana collaborated with the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) and Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) to host a series of educational workshops on improving care transitions throughout the state called “Successful Hand-offs for Touchdowns in Transitions of Care.” Care transitions occur when a patient moves […]  Read More »
  • MIPS APMs to Advanced APMs: How to Make the Valuable Transition

    MIPS APMs to Advanced APMs: How to Make the Valuable Transition

    This year, America’s Physician Groups (APG) continues their webinar series with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for physicians and physician groups implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) through the Quality Payment Program (QPP), focusing onAlternative Payment Models (APMs). Through a co-branding agreement with CMS, the sessions will combine CMS expertise on […]  Read More »
  • Murfreesboro Sets Scenic Stage for Annual 5K Natalie’s Run

    Murfreesboro Sets Scenic Stage for Annual 5K Natalie’s Run

    Nashville, Tenn. — THIMA Foundation of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association and Qsource, an event sponsor, announced details for the Foundation’s upcoming Natalie’s Run, a Run/Walk or Virtual 5K honoring the memory of Natalie Stovall Frady. Thursday, March 29, 2018 Check-In Time: 5:30 – 5:55 PM Race begins: 6:00 PM Gateway Island 1875 W […]  Read More »
  • New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-Effectiveness

    New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-Effectiveness

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).  Read More »
  • Reporting MIPS as a Group

    Reporting MIPS as a Group

    A group is defined as a single Tax Identification Number (TIN) with two or more Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) clinicians. A group is required to aggregate their performance data across the TIN in order to have their performance assessed as a group. The group will be assessed across all four MIPS performance categories. One […]  Read More »
  • QIN-QIO, Atom Alliance, Featured in 2016 QIO Program Progress Report

    QIN-QIO, Atom Alliance, Featured in 2016 QIO Program Progress Report

    CMS’ Annual Report Highlights QIN-QIOs’ contributions to national health quality improvement for Medicare beneficiaries Memphis – Atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, is featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) newly released 2016 QIO Program Progress Report. Atom Alliance, facilitated by Qsource, […]  Read More »
  • Effort to Gather Data on Incidents of Nursing Home C. difficile Infections Reaches Nationwide Target

    Effort to Gather Data on Incidents of Nursing Home C. difficile Infections Reaches Nationwide Target

    McLean, Virginia – Quality Innovation Networks (QIN), which are comprised of regionally-focused Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) across the country, have reached their target of enrolling 2,336 nursing homes in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The NHSN is the most widely used healthcare-associated infection (HAI) tracking system in the US. […]  Read More »
  • Media Release – Quality Payment Program Awards

    Media Release – Quality Payment Program Awards

    MEMPHIS, February 20, 2017 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a contract to Qsource to help small practices in Tennessee and Alabama prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  Read More »