TMF Resources Can Help You Navigate CMS Requirements

Physicians looking for help navigating the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), meaningful use, and value-based payment modifier programs can benefit from TMF's Quality Innovation Network. 

TMF Health Quality Institute has launched three physician-focused projects designed to save time, improve patient care, and reduce costs associated with meeting these requirements. These programs, focused on immunizations, behavioral health, and value-based improvements, are designed to help physicians benefit from — and not be penalized by — these mandates.  

The Immunizations Network aims to boost vaccination rates for Medicare beneficiaries. The program strives to improve referrals for tracking and reporting immunizations via certified electronic health records and evaluates opportunities to enhance payment by reviewing practice workflow processes.  

The Behavioral Health Network offers free resources and training to help increase the screening rates for depression and alcohol use disorder in Medicare beneficiaries receiving care at primary care practices. Additional goals include reducing the 30-day readmission rate and increasing follow-up care for patients discharged from inpatient psychiatric facilities.

The Value-Based Improvement Network helps physicians understand the requirements of CMS' value-based payment modifier program. Participants get free education and consulting services to help them meet the goals of the CMS hospital and physician value-based payment and quality reporting programs.

In addition to the free consulting and education, physicians can access free webinars designed to help them succeed. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Readmissions, Medication Safety, and Behavioral Health Open Forum, noon-1 pm CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. 
  • Transitional Care in a Small Rural Community, noon-1 pm CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 21. 
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Webinar Series — Varicella and Zoster, 11 am CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.
  • Utilizing Team-Based Care and Clinical Decision Support Tools, 12:30-1:30 pm CDT, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. 
  • 2015 PQRS Reporting Requirements, 12:30 – 1:30 pm CDT, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. 

For more information on participating in these projects or to register for an upcoming webinar, visit the TMF QIN-QIO website. Please note visitors will have to log in, or register for a free account, to view some of the site content, including events. 

Action, Oct. 1, 2015 

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