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Education Opportunities

Purdue Healthcare Advisors

Purdue Healthcare Advisors is about ready to start recruitment on a new, CMS-funded grant. The enrollment portal will be completed in April, but we want to raise awareness now. Would you please consider including this information in your next communication with your membership (i.e. newsletter, etc.)?

QPP Resource Center™ to assist small practices.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recognize that providers may need help understanding and participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The QPP replaces Meaningful Use and improves Medicare by providing new resources to help you improve the quality of care at your practice.

The QPP Resource CenterTM for the Midwest, funded by CMS, is a collaboration among 10 key partners across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Purdue Healthcare Advisors, a coalition partner, is tasked with helping 6,000+ Indiana clinicians prepare for and participate in the QPP. If you are a small practice (15 or fewer clinicians), are in a rural area, Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), or medically underserved area, the QPP Resource Center™ is right for you!

Our technical assistance is free, and our web portal will provide an array of educational tools and resources to help you create effective change within your practice. Our straightforward, self-directed resources can help you to assess your current state and the need to participate in MIPS, or the potential impact of belonging to an APM. QPP Advisors will be available via live chat, phone or email to answer your questions, help you leverage the tools and resources on the QPP Resource Center web portal, and support your successful participation in the CMS QPP program.

To express your interest in participating and to sign up for program alerts, please visit our website (http://pha.purdue.edu/grant-work/qpp-resource-center/) and fill out this short questionnaire.

This material was prepared by the QPP Resource Center™, the Quality Payment Program for the Midwest, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.

Meningitis B Tool Kit Available from IIC for Free

The Indiana Immunization Coalition has developed a Meningitis B tool kit for providers that is available free of charge for download or order on their website, www.vaccinateindiana.org. It can be found in the catalog after you log in.

Each year, approximately 1,000 people contract meningococcal disease in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that among those who become infected, 10 to 15 percent will die. Of those who survive, another 20 percent will suffer from permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, loss of limbs, hearing loss and/or other serious impacts to the nervous system.

In all, there are at least 12 types, or “serogroups,” of meningococcal diseases, one of which is serogroup B. In the U.S., the B strain accounts for 50 percent of all cases in persons 17 to 23 years of age in the U.S.

The first B vaccine was FDA approved in 2014, and while not required, the CDC recommends it for anyone ages 11 to 23. The vaccine is especially important for those living in close quarters, like college dorms, where the disease can rapidly spread. In fact, since spring of 2013, meningitis B outbreaks have occurred on five major college campuses in the U.S.

Indiana State Law requires that all universities and colleges inform students of the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination. However, this required information does not specifically address the B strain of the disease.

Active Shooting Training

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Thanks to Virginia Caine, MD, Director, Marion County Public Health Department for this video.

Substance Abuse & Our Community

Substance abuse and addiction take a tremendous toll on our community and their consequences are pervasive and interconnected throughout the social, medical, and judicial service system. Drug use is a major factor in crime and delinquency and, in some of our communities, drug use is the major vector for the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis.

Beyond the unacceptably high rates of death caused by substance abuse, drugs and alcohol are frequently implicated in the causes of family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse.

While it will take many progressions and advances to move us toward a future when substance abuse is a thing of the past, Connect2Help211 continues to do their part to provide a safe mode of communication for those affected, including users and the people who love them, to help get them to the assistance they need.

Please click on this link to see the latest data from our 2-1-1 Center.

Collections

I.C. Systems
5 Bill Collecting Policies New Healthcare Practices Should Use

Collection Tips in 10 Minutes - #2 Customer Care Negotiating
I.C. System has created a series of short webinars to provide tips to help your office. In this webinar a helpful framework for dealing with displeased customers is presented.

Click here to view webinar.

I.C. System Has New Webinar Content Available
I.C. System provides a regular stream of informative and helpful content which benefits IMS Members. By drawing upon their 75 years of expertise in medical-related collections success, IMS Members will be informed of the current challenges and opportunities to maintaining your patients as well as your profitability.

For easy access, click here.

Additional information:

Medicare Access (MACRA)

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
For your information are two documents prepared by AMA’s Legislative Counsel that provide information on the recently enacted “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), which is also known as H.R. 2 or P.L. 114-10. The first is a detailed section-by-section summary of the new law; the second is a chronological list that shows when some of the major provisions will take effect. We hope this information is helpful.

Prescription Drug Abuse

FREE Online CME Video Course
The Office of the Attorney General and the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is offering a FREE online CME video course on The Opioid Epidemic and Indiana’s Opioid Prescribing Laws.

About the Program: What Prescribers Will Learn:

For more information and to view the course, click here.

Risk Management

Members Reduce Risk with Two-Minute Video Series
IMS Members will benefit from ProAssurance’s “What’s the Risk?” YouTube video series. These two-minute videos provide valuable information on a wide range of topics, including our most recent release, “Electronic Medical Record Documentation.”

Previously released videos — “Violence in Healthcare,” “The Limited English Proficient Patient," "The Drug Seeking Patient,” “Recording Conversations,” “Texting: What could be the problem?,” and “The Non-Compliant Patient,” — have received over 6,800 views.

Link to ProAssurance.com monthly for a new two-minute video or to watch previously archived topics.

ProAssurance: Five percent premium credit offered to IMS/ISMA Members with medical professional liability insurance through ProAssurance can provide you with substantial savings depending on your specialty.