MLN Connects for October 05, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017
National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care Achieves Goals to Reduce Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Homes
On October 2, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced that it met its goal of reducing the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home residents by 30 percent by the end of 2016. It also announced a new goal of a 15 percent reduction by the end of 2019 for long-stay residents in those homes with currently limited reduction rates. Nursing homes with low rates of antipsychotic medication use are encouraged to continue their efforts and maintain their success.
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2018 eCQM Value Set Addendum Available
CMS issued an addendum to the electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) annual update specifications published in May 2017. The addendum updates the eCQM value sets, technical release notes, and the binding parameter specification for the 2018 reporting period for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and the performance period for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and eligible clinicians . These changes affect electronic reporting of eCQMs for the following programs:
Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Models
Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs
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ONC CQM Issue Tracker website: Submit questions about the addendum and eCQM value sets
eCQI Resource Center website: Information about eCQM specifications and supplemental materials,
2018 eCQM Logic Flows Available
CMS published the 2018 performance period electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Logic Flows for eligible clinicians and eligible professionals on the eCQI Resource Center website. These flows supplement eCQM specifications for the following programs:
Quality Payment Program: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models
Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals
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Health Services Research Health Equity Issue: Submit Abstracts by November 1
CMS contracted with the Health Research & Educational Trust to publish a Theme Issue on Health Equity. The aim of the publication is to achieve health equity and reduce health disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities; sexual and gender minorities; persons with disabilities; and individuals living in rural areas by creating new solutions to achieve health equity and for accelerating the implementation of measurable actions. We would like to include papers on clinical successes; please submit abstracts by November 1. Visit the Health Services Research webpage for more information.
Extension of Medicare IVIG Demonstration through December 31, 2020
The Medicare Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Demonstration, scheduled…

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