Don't miss this complimentary CME activity titled:
Improving Patient Access to Biologic Therapies for IBD: Effective Practices for Community GI Providers
This online CME activity is hosted on myCME.com and expires on March 21, 2018.
We recognize that physician burnout is a major problem and several major organizations are working on initiatives to reduce the administrative workload, to improve well-being, and to foster resilience in healthy ways. Here are a few of those key examples:
CMS: Meaningful Measures and Patients Over Paperwork
AMA Administrative Simplification
ACP Patients Over Paperwork
ACP Physician Well-being and Professional Satisfaction
National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
Encourage your pathologists, your lab professionals, and your cancer clinicians to participate in these free online CME activities hosted on the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) e-learning website:
An Overview of Immuno-Oncology
Immune-Related Adverse Events Secondary to Checkpoint-Inhibitor Therapy
Immuno-Oncology: Next-Generation Sequencing and the New Biomarker Landscape
Stay tuned as ASCP releases more online education focused on immuno-oncology this year!
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (Joint Accreditation) offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing, pharmacy, and optometry continuing education activities through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards.
Joint Accreditation originally began by focusing on CME, CNE, and CPE. This meant collaboration across these groups:
The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE) have recently joined the Joint Accreditation collaboration. This growing collaboration will help to advance the vision of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE).
Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.
Question for the week: What is the difference between implicit vs. explicit learning?
Implicit learning involves a process where people acquire knowledge of new information through exposure (a passive process)
Explicit learning involves a process where people seek out information, find it, and receive instruction (either actively or passively)
Implicit learning is acquisition of knowledge about the underlying structure of a complex stimulus environment by a process which takes place naturally, simply and without conscious operations. Explicit learning is a more conscious operation where the individual makes and tests hypotheses in a search for structure. Knowledge attainment can thus take place implicitly (a nonconscious and automatic abstraction of the structural nature of the material arrived at from experience of instances), explicitly through selective learning (Nick C. Ellis)
Don't miss the MIT paper written by Emile Bruneau titled, "Implicit vs. Explicit Learning Activity."
For 2017, the Quality Payment Program (QPP) will calculate 2017 MIPS Performance accordingly:
Let's take a look at some of the "high" weighted improvement activities:
Engagement of new Medicaid patients and follow-up
Subcategory: Achieving Health Equity
Participation in CAHPS or other supplemental questionnaire
Subcategory: Patient Safety And Practice Assessment
Provide 24/7 access to eligible clinicians or groups who have real-time access to patient's medical record
Subcategory: Expanded Practice Access
Use of QCDR for feedback reports that incorporate population health
Subcategory: Population Management
Oncology groups participating in the Oncology Care Model (OCM) are scored based on the requirements of participating in the APM.
Before diving into government health policy documents around Medicare or Medicaid, be sure to familiarize yourself with some of these acronyms (this is a short, basic list):
ACA: Affordable Care Act
AHIP: America’s Health Insurance Plans
APM: Alternative Payment Model
CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
EHR: Electronic Health Record
GAO: Government Accountability Office
HCC: Hierarchical Condition Category
HCP LAN: Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network
Health IT: Health Information Technology
HMO: Health Maintenance Organization
HMOPOS: Health Maintenance Organization Point of Service
ICD-10: International Classification of Diseases
MA: Medicare Advantage
MACRA: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
MAO: Medicare Advantage Organization
MedPAC: Medicare Payment and Advisory Committee
MIPS: Merit-based Incentive Payment System
MLR: Medical Loss Ratio
MMA: Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003
MSA: Medical Savings Account
OIG: Office of Inspector General
PFFS: Private Fee-for-Service
PFS: Physician Fee Schedule
PPO: Preferred Provider Organization
QPP: Quality Payment Program
SNP: Special Needs Plans
Registration for the 2018 Alliance Annual Conference is open, so don't miss this opportunity to connect with CME and CE professionals in Orlando, Florida, January 20-23, 2018.
More than 83 concurrent sessions organized by tracks to help you navigate and select the sessions that best match your needs and interests. Attend expert and peer-led learning on a broad range of topics, including: educational design, patient-centered and interprofessional education and improving patient outcomes.
In partnership with the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), the Alliance Annual Conference will include a conference track focused on the needs of the international learner, how they are similar and different from those we face domestically.
Learn more and register here:
If you enjoy Twitter chats, be sure to mark the online pathology journal club #pathJC. Follow @pathJC and read up on the upcoming topics here: https://pathjc.wordpress.com/
The next #pathJC is on Nov 28 at 9 pm ET. The topic is "Whole Slide Imaging Versus Microscopy for Primary Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology"
You can read ahead: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
New to Twitter? Learn about Twitter Chats.
CMS just announced "Meaningful Measures" and "Patients Over Paperwork."
Here are a few excerpts from the statement made by CMS Administrator Seema Verma at the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) Fall Summit:
CMS announced our new initiative “Patients Over Paperwork” to address regulatory burden. This is an effort to go through all of our regulations to reduce burden. Because when burdensome regulations no longer advance the goal of patients first, we must improve or eliminate them.
That’s a lot of provider time, money, and resources focused on paperwork instead of patients.
We have too many measures. We are measuring process and not outcomes.
That’s why we’re revising current quality measures across all programs to ensure that measure sets are streamlined, outcomes-based, and meaningful to doctors and patients. This includes a review of the Hospital Star Rating program. And, we’re announcing today our new comprehensive initiative, "Meaningful Measures.”
“Meaningful Measures” takes a new approach to quality measures to reduce the burden of reporting on all providers. It draws on advice and input from the LAN as well as the National Academies of Medicine, the Core Quality Measures Collaborative, and the National Quality Forum. Continued input from the LAN will be critical in this effort.
Meaningful Measures will involve only assessing those core issues that are the most vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes.
Patients Over Paperwork, Meaningful Measures, and the new direction for the Innovation Center, are just three of our recent efforts to improve the health care system.