Upcoming Events


QPP Year 3 – Your Questions Answered

Deep into Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), we all know that the program is continuously evolving. Naturally, this can lead to many questions and concerns, especially as the performance year is ending. Please join the QPP Resource Center® for an "Office Hours" webinar where we will be answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the QPP. Our panelists for this presentation include: Rebecca Cheatham, Quality Improvement Advisor at the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (REC), Kelly Fountain, lead Quality Improvement Advisor and Health Information Technology (IT) Advisor at Kentucky REC; Bruce Maki, Regulatory Analyst and Project Manager for QPP Advisors at Altarum in Michigan, and Sam Ross, Health Informatics Facilitator at the Chicago Health IT REC. All bring a host of knowledge and skill surrounding health care policy and the QPP to assist them in answering the questions you may be struggling with the most. Whether you are in a large or small practice, this session can help you better understand the program and work toward that potential positive incentive.

12:30-1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

CCM, TCM, and HCC 101: Aligning Coding Practices with MIPS Cost Category

This session provides an overview of the Medicare PFS payable service codes for Transitional Care Management (TCM) and Chronic Care Management (CCM). You'll find out more about the applicable CPT codes as well as patient and documentation requirements of those that furnish these services, and hear tips from the field from those who have been billing these codes successfully. Purdue Healthcare Advisors' Patty Rose will discuss how incorporation of these codes can create long-term alignment with your MIPS Cost Performance Category. A brief discussion of Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding will be included.

Purdue Healthcare Advisors

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (EST)

Archived Events


The Cost performance category of MIPS, worth 15% of the Final Score in 2019, isn't well understood but in a few short years will be of equal weight to the Quality category. As such, understanding this confusing performance category, how to interpret the feedback reports, and how to use the information to improve is vital to Eligible Clinicians' continued success in the Quality Payment Program's MIPS track. Join Beth Hickerson from Medical Advantage Group and Bruce Maki from Altarum as they break down the Cost category, answering frequently asked questions such as:

  • What are the Cost category measures? 
  • How are patients attributed to clinicians and groups?
  • What does the Cost information on my 2018 MIPS feedback report mean?
  • Where can I find supplemental data related to my 2018 MIPS score?
  • How will the Cost category change for 2019 and beyond?
  • And of course, the biggest question of all….How can I improve my Cost score?

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) aims to provide pathways for managing risk and reward. With over 98% of Eligible Clinicians (89% in small practices) participating in the QPP in 2018, the overwhelming consensus has been to risk up-front resources in order to seek future financial rewards. A small minority have taken, willingly or unwittingly, the alternative risk of financial penalty for the reward of doing nothing. For those in the MIPS track, the math changes every year. In 2019, penalties grow to -7%, a neutral payment adjustment requires thirty points, and CMS estimates a 5% maximum bonus. Whether you're striving for a perfect score, skating by to avoid penalty, or debating whether to just take the penalty, this webinar seeks to offer a framework for approaching the risk-reward equation.

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QPP of Illinois


The Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program (MU) and the MIPS Promoting Interoperability performance category share a common objective: Public Health and Clinical Data Registry Reporting/Exchange. While the objective appears in both programs, there are subtle differences in the rules and not understanding them could put your incentive dollars (MU) and/or your Medicare reimbursement rate (MIPS) at risk. Join Bruce Maki, Altarum Regulatory and Incentive Program Analyst, as he reviews the rules for each program, highlights the differences between the two, and reviews the list of State sponsored Public Health registries you can use to meet these objectives, including an update to the process for meeting the new bi-directional immunization registry (MCIR) mandate which affects both programs. 


As expected, year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (MIPS and A-APM) brings with it a host of program updates, changes and complexity. In this session, Bruce Maki, Altarum Regulatory & Incentive Program Analyst, will review the 2019 MIPS rules and updates as well as answer attendee questions to ensure participants know what they need to successfully participate in 2019, protecting (and hopefully increasing) those valuable Medicare reimbursement rates.