CMS’ Physician QRUR Tables Highlight High-Value Referral Patterns for Medicare Population

William HoldingAmong other data, detail tables in a physician practice’s Quality Use and Resource Reports (QRURs) pinpoint specialist referral networks for Medicare beneficiaries, explains William Holding, consultant, PDA, Inc., which can help physician practices determine their highest value referral pathways.

In this audio interview, Holding explains the benefits of tapping CMS-generated QRUR reports to enhance performance under Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS), one of two payment paths for physician reimbursement under MACRA.

During Physician MACRA Preparation: Using QRUR and Other CMS Data To Maximize Your Performance, a January 2017 webinar now available for replay, Holding and colleague Nancy Lane, president of PDA, Inc., share the critical steps physician practices should take when analyzing their QRUR data, along with details on other CMS data points that can help practices improve MIPS performance.


Length: 3:07 minutes

Trends Shaping Healthcare in 2017: Employ Technology for Patient Engagement

Steven ValentineThe engagement of patients, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions, continues to challenge healthcare providers.

However, as Steven Valentine, vice president of advisory consulting services for Premier Inc., explains in this podcast, clinicians actually have a host of tools at their fingertips to engage patients—tools they must employ in order to succeed in value-based healthcare.

During Trends Shaping the Healthcare Industry in 2017: A Strategic Planning Session, a November 2016 webinar now available for replay, Steven Valentine provides a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare organizations in 2017.


Length: 2:52 minutes

MACRA Prerequisite: Procure QRUR Performance Data to Maximize MIPS Success

Barry AllisonPrior to enrollment in MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), physician practices should request their confidential Quality Use and Resource Report (QRUR) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for crucial performance feedback, advises Barry Allison, chief information officer, the Center for Primary Care.

In this podcast, Allison explains how to obtain a QRUR report, the origins of QRUR quality and cost data, and the benefits of leveraging QRUR feedback to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivered to attributed Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and ultimately prosper under MACRA’s multi-pronged approach.

During Physician Chronic Care Management Reimbursement: Setting MACRA’s MIPS Path for 2017, an October 2016 webinar now available for replay, Mr. Allison shares his organization’s chronic care management reimbursement strategy and how this is guiding their preparation for MIPS in the year ahead.


Length: 3:12 minutes

MACRA for Small Physician Practices: Don’t Let the Technology Intimidate You

Eric LevinRather than threatening to drop Medicare volumes or open a concierge practice, small and solo physician practices daunted by MACRA technology requirements should sit tight and avail themselves of current and promised education and training from CMS to support the transition, advises Eric Levin, director of strategic services, McKesson.

In this audio interview, Levin describes what’s at risk for practices that don’t engage in at least one physician reporting program and four benefits of tapping into MACRA technical assistance from CMS.

During a July 2016 webinar, The New Physician Quality Reporting: Positioning Your Practice for MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Program, now available for replay, Levin offers a brief MACRA overview and outlines 2016 focus areas for practices to help them avoid reimbursement penalties in 2017 based on the proposed rule.


Length: 4:00 minutes

Horizon BCBSNJ Episodes of Care: No-Risk Retrospective Model Paves Way for Value-Based Migration

Lili BrillsteinWhile it does not immediately eliminate fee for service, a retrospective upside-only payment model is helping to transform the spirit of the payor-provider relationship, notes Lili Brillstein, director of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) Episodes of Care (EOC) initiative where this methodology has been implemented.

Listen as Ms. Brillstein describes how Horizon’s application of retrospective methodology across all episodes expands the program’s reach and opportunities while fostering a no-risk environment conducive to collaboration.

During a March 2016 webinar, Episodes of Care: Improving Clinical Outcomes and Reducing Total Cost of Care Through a Collaborative Payor-Provider Relationship, now available for replay, Ms. Brillstein shares details behind the health plan’s EOC program, from the episodes they have bundled to goals and results from the program.


Length: 4:12 minutes

Data Analytics Drive Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, Boost Beneficiary Attribution, Retention

Elena TkachevBeyond facilitating business decisions and improving quality of care and patient experience, data analytics help Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) to close gaps in preventive care within its 24 accountable care organizations (ACOs), explains Elena Tkachev, CHS director of ACO analytics.

One key preventive metric for the largest U.S. sponsor of Medicare Shared Savings Programs (MSSPs) is the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), which CHS has set as a core goal. In this audio interview, Ms. Tkachev describes the rationale behind this goal, how data analytics drives AWVs, and the dramatic correlation between AWVs and patient attribution.

During a January 2016 webinar, Data Analytics in Accountable Care: Strategies and Case Studies, now available for replay, Elena Tkachev shared her organization’s experience in using data analytics effectively to improve ACO results.


Length: 3:37 minutes

Next Generation Healthcare Nurse Navigators: The Advantages That Won Over ‘Solo Cowboy’ Practitioners

Robert FortiniWhen Bon Secours adapted Geisinger’s case management model six years ago and embedded nurse navigators within physician practices, there was reluctance and even resistance from some “solo cowboy” physician practitioners, recalls Robert Fortini, PNP, chief clinical officer for Bon Secours Medical Group. Today, providers are fiercely protective of the cadre of 70 nurse navigators, who do the “heavy lifting” of chronic care management.

In this audio interview, Fortini offers some lessons learned for organizations considering the embedded case management approach, including budgetary planning, calculations, and “icing-on-the-cake” outcomes for patients and hospitals.

During a January 2016 webinar, Physician Reimbursement in 2016: Workflow Optimization for Chronic Care Management and Advance Care Planning, now available for replay, Fortini offered an inside look at Bon Secours’ experience with CMS’ chronic care management reimbursement in 2015 and how they leverage this experience for CMS’s newest billable event in 2016—advance care planning.


Length: 3:24 minutes

Payoffs from Patient Care Plans and Goal-Setting in Chronic Care Management

Debra BurbaryWhen Arcturus Health Care did the math, CMS’s new Chronic Care Management (CCM) code added up to a potential $100,000 per month in revenue for its four physician practices, or $1 million annually. Having successfully billed Medicare for a half dozen patients enrolled in CCM, Arcturus’s Clinical Quality Assurance Manager Debra Burbary, RN, outlines development of the patient care plan and establishment of patient goals—two CCM requirements facilitated by Arcturus’s electronic health record (EHR).

During a May 2015 webinar, Medicare Chronic Care Management Billing: Leveraging Population Health Management for Successful Claim Submission, now available for replay, Ms. Burbary shares her organization’s approach to care management of high-risk patients and billing for chronic care management.


Length: 4:04 minutes

Care Coordinators Boost Physician Practice Potential for Humana Value-Based Rewards

Chip HowardThe use of a care coordinator boosts the quality of care a physician practice provides and thus its potential for earning incentives in Humana’s Physician Quality Rewards program, explains Chip Howard, Humana’s vice president of payment innovation in the provider development center of excellence.

Here, Howard describes the value Humana places on the care coordination function, and describes the support and training available to physician practices at each level of the three-tiered rewards program, a hallmark of Humana’s Accountable Care Continuum.

Chip Howard will share how Humana’s program supports physicians’ transition from volume to value and helps them become successful population health managers during a December 16, 2014 webinar, Physician Quality Rewards for Population Health Management, a 45-minute program sponsored by The Healthcare Intelligence Network.


Length: 7:22 minutes

Deconstructing Health Reform: 3 Reasons Medicare and Pioneer ACOs May Not Survive

Given changing reimbursement incentives and collaborative models for physicians and hospitals, Greg Mertz, managing director of Physician Strategies Group, LLC, discusses why the Congressional proposal “Better Care, Lower Cost Act” of 2014 is financially more attractive to providers than ACO models and whether he thinks it will be passed. He also deconstructs CMS’ recently reported financial results for such health reform delivery initiatives as Medicare ACOs, Pioneer ACOs, and the Physician Group Practice demonstration, and weighs in on which, if any, model he considers the most sustainable.

Greg Mertz helped healthcare organizations assess which value-based healthcare delivery model is right for their organization during Physician Alignment: Which Model Is Right for You?, a February 19th, 2014 workshop at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.


Length: 5:58 minutes