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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to transforming the health care delivery system--and the Medicare and Medicaid programs--by putting additional focus on patient-centered care, innovation and outcomes. As part of its continuing Patients over Paperwork initiative, CMS is actively soliciting feedback from the medical community through Requests for Information (RFIs), listening sessions, and clinical onsite engagements with front-line clinicians and staff to learn how our administrative requirements and processes affect their daily work and ability to innovate in care delivery. This RFI solicits additional public comment on ideas that reduce unnecessary administrative burdens for clinicians, providers, patients and their families. Through these efforts, CMS aims to increase quality of care, lower costs, improve program integrity and make the health care system more effective, simple and accessible. Public comments will be accepted through Aug. 12, 2019.


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The TMF Quality Innovation Network is proud to have provided technical assistance to participate in the Quality Payment Program to large practices – those with 16 or more clinicians – and organizations in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico since 2017. Beginning July 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin facilitating assistance for large practices and organizations. The Quality Payment Program Service Center will serve as the primary point of contact. Connect with the Service Center at 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or via email at QPP@cms.hhs.gov. Please read this notice for more information. (PDF)


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Date Added: 06/12/2019
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States decreased by 35% since a peak in 2009 – the first sign that efforts to stop the nation’s diabetes epidemic are working. Read the report in the British Medical Journal’s Open Diabetes Research and Care.


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Date Added: 06/05/2019
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Read about upcoming events, MIPS measures, newly eligible practices, the value of transitioning to an Alternative Payment Model and more.


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Date Added: 06/04/2019
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TMF is pleased to be a sponsor of the Texas Primary Care Consortium, June 20-21, 2019, in Austin, Texas. This year’s theme, Advancing Primary Care Transformation, will address research gaps, build capacity and inform policy efforts. The agenda will include presentations on the current state of home health and primary care; using data to achieve results; how to succeed in value-based payment models; and updates on ACOs and other models of primary care nationally and in Texas.


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Date Added: 06/04/2019
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the following updates related to the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC QIO) contracts for Livanta. These updates become effective June 8, 2019. Please read the following to ensure your facility or organization communicates and completes these needed updates.

  • Livanta will be the BFCC QIO for Missouri and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
  • Livanta's new phone numbers for the respective regions that serve these states are as follows:
  • Region 2 serving Puerto Rico: 1-866-815-5440
  • Region 7 serving Missouri: 1-888-755-5580

All cases currently under review by KEPRO will either be completed by June 7 or transferred to Livanta for completion. If your facility or organization is located in Missouri or Puerto Rico, it is critical for you to complete the following:

  • Notify your staff of these changes
  • For facilities in Missouri, remove all references to KEPRO in your publications by June 8.
  • Beginning with notices issued on June 8, update all Medicare Beneficiary Notices with Livanta's Helpline numbers:
  • Region 2 serving Puerto Rico: 1-866-815-5440
  • Region 7 serving Missouri: 1-888-755-5580
  • For more information, please visit https://livantaqio.com/en/provider/transition.


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Date Added: 06/03/2019
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the following updates related to the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC QIO) contracts for KEPRO. These updates become effective June 8, 2019. Please read the following to ensure your facility or organization communicates and completes these needed updates.

  • KEPRO will be the BFCC QIO for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
  • KEPRO's new phone number is 1-888-315-0636.
  • If your facility or organization is located in Arkansas, Oklahoma or Texas, please do the following:
  • Update your appeals notices with the new phone number.
  • Complete a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Provider Update Form. Visit www.keproqio.com/moa after June 7, 2019, to complete the MOA and Provider Update Form and submit it to KEPRO. Please visit www.keproqio.com/providers/transition for more information.


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JAHA article presents study information suggesting patients with PAD and SBP < 120 mm Hg have an increased risk of major cardiovascular events.


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This WebMD article shares information about who should get the pneumonia vaccine.


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Study shows promise with a procedure that filters out "bad" cholesterol from the bloodstream.


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This discovery could help researchers find a universal flu vaccine.


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Study findings support recent guideline changes to low-dose aspirin use.


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Researchers may have found underlying mechanisms to help explain why decreasing salt intake can reduce blood pressure.


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New study suggests that treatment time window may be doubled for critical drug to be issued in stroke victims.


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This study examines alternative approaches to treating depression in the nursing home environment.


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Date Added: 05/29/2019
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