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CSMS Legislative Successes - 2018

CSMS Fighting for You, Your Practice and Your PatientsYou have helped the practice of medicine and advanced quality care for the residents of our state by being an active member of CSMS. Your membership makes a difference and our voice at the Capitol was loud and victorious during this short, tumultuous session. Please see many of the successful achievements we have made on your behalf this year in Hartford.CSMS Legislative Successes CSMS successfully lobbied to prevent the establishment a $1,000 penalty for each failure to check Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), regardless of intent or situation. This success alone could …

CSMS Scientific Journal Focuses on Technology

The June/July issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) focuses on the rapidly evolving role technology plays in the practice of medicine.“Connecticut Medicine is proud to present a special issue which provides information and insight into many facets of health information technology, ” states Editor Michael M. Deren.Strides have been made by hospitals, physicians, and clinics to store patient data in their individual electronic medical record systems (EMRs). Recently, however, the focus has shifted to developing the ability to share patient data securely between the various institutions. The advent of a health …

WTIC Program Features CTHealthLink - The CSMS Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Laura McCrary, Ed.D, Senior Vice President of KaMMCO and Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. (KHIN) was recently interviewed (June 2) on WTIC 1080 AM Healthy Rounds program with Dr. Anthony Alessi. She discussed the importance of an effective HIE, like CTHealthLink, and how it can positively impact patient care and physician practices. Listen to the full interview (segments 1 & 2) here:[playlist ids="10596,10593"]

Stop the Bleed Training Provided to Local Employees to Teach Workplace Bleeding Control Techniques for Injuries and Mass Casualties

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), in conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (CTACS) will host a Stop the Bleed training on June 18 from 11:00 a.m. – noon, for employees of 127 Washington Avenue in North Haven and throughout the greater New Haven region interested in learning to prevent rapid blood loss in the event of an accident, attack, or natural disaster.“Stop the Bleed provides vital training in treating victims of not only unspeakable tragedies, but from everyday accidents,” comments EVP/CEO of CSMS, Matthew Katz. Stop the Bleed is the national awareness …

CSMS-IPA Joins CTHealthLink

CTHealthLink, in association with the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), is pleased to announce that the Connecticut State Medical Society- Independent Practice Association (CSMS-IPA) has partnered with the physician-led, statewide interoperable health information exchange (HIE).“We are excited about of our recent collaboration with CTHealthLink,” comments Neysa Guerino, Executive Director of CSMS-IPA. She added, “through CTHealthLink we can now provide our physicians with reliable, tested, HIE technology that will help them in their practice. Physicians will also benefit by utilizing the quality metrics and analytics, with the CSMS-IPA’s assistance, designed to help them navigate changes in the healthcare system.”Participation in the …

CMS Posts 2016 Physician and Other Supplier and Referring Provider DMEPOS Utilization and Payment Data

CMS has released the Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (PUF) and Referring Provider Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Public Use File (PUF) with data for 2016.The Physician and Other Supplier PUF contains summarized information on Part B services and procedures furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals. The data includes information on utilization, payment, and submitted charges organized by National Provider Identifier, Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code, and place of service. The new 2016 dataset includes information on more than 1 million distinct health care providers who collectively received $96 billion …

What is CTHealthLink?

Having accurate and reliable information at the point of care is critical to improving patient outcomes. The clear solution to this problem would be a comprehensive Health Care Information Exchange (HIE).Connecticut physicians now have access to an HIE through CTHealthLink.Click here to see what Connecticut Physicians and Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) members have to say about CTHealthLink.CSMS, in partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) has established CTHealthLink, a physician-led HIE, utilizing a model with a proven track record. The technology comprises an interoperable HIE, a personal health record for patients, extensive data analytic tools, including certified electronic clinical quality …

Physicians Foundation Biennial Survey

Please participate in the Physicians Foundation’s sixth biennial physician survey. Its purpose is to examine the morale, career plans, and practice metrics of today's physicians - and to give physicians a voice! The goal is to produce a "state of the union" of the medical profession that can have a significant impact on both policy and public perceptions. The survey is expected to take around 10 minutes to complete. It will be open through June 5th and can be accessed using this link: https://amnhealthcare.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nkaYL4Qul3mdgNAs they have done in past years, Merritt Hawkins will dis-aggregate the survey responses by state and …

Connecticut Drug Card Helps Patients Fill Their Prescriptions

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) in partnership with Connecticut Drug Card reminds physicians that patients who are not insured or who take prescription drugs that are not covered by their health insurance plans, can use the Connecticut Drug Card to obtain discounts of up to 75 percent off the retail price for FDA-approved medications.Connecticut Drug Card has been working closely with the CSMS, as well as numerous clinics and hospitals around the state to distribute free discount prescription cards so that all Connecticut residents will have access to this free program. The program can also be used by people …

Quality Payment Program Website Now Offers 2018 MIPS Clinician Eligibility at the Group Level

You can now log in to the CMS Quality Payment Program website to check your group’s 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).After logging into the feature using your EIDM credentials, browse to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) affiliated with your group, and you will be able to click into a details screen to see the eligibility status of every clinician based on their National Provider Identifier (NPI) and find out whether they need to participate during the 2018 performance year for MIPS.Don’t have an EIDM account? Start the process now! Refer to the Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) …

2018 CSMS Legislative Victories

CSMS Fighting for You, Your Practice and Your PatientsYou have helped the practice of medicine and advanced quality care for the residents of our state by being an active member of CSMS. Your membership makes a difference and our voice at the Capitol was loud and victorious during this short, tumultuous session. Please see many of the successful achievements we have made on your behalf this year in Hartford.CSMS Legislative Successes CSMS successfully lobbied to prevent the establishment a $1,000 penalty for each failure to check Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), regardless of intent or situation. This success alone could …

2018 CSMS Testimony

CSMS Testimony on Health Care Related Legislation The following bills were not voted on during the legislative session, but CSMS provided support/argument for them. We will continue to advocate for you, your practice and your patients as bills are presented.SENATE BILL 164 An Act Raising the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco to Twenty One and HOUSE BILL 5293 An Act Concerning the Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vapor Products – Prohibits sale of tobacco products to those under 21 and requires face to face sale of nicotine containing vape products.SENATE BILL 401 – An Act Concerning the Use …

Chapter Led Group Donates Stop the Bleed Kits and Provides Training to Department of Public Health

HARTFORD, CT. – With the generous support of Z-Medica of Wallingford, CT, The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Connecticut ACS Committee on Trauma, and The Connecticut Orthopaedic Society donated two wall mounted Bleeding Control Stations and a Stop the Bleed training kit to CT Department of Public Health on April 25th. The kits contain tourniquets, QuikClot® Bleeding Control Dressing™, protective gloves, and compression bandages and will be installed at DPHs office in Hartford. The training kit will allow DPH staff to conduct their own training classes.At the same time the group provided Bleeding Control training to …

CMS changes name of the EHR Incentive Program and Advancing Care Information Performance Category

In late April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed rule changes directly aimed at empowering patients and reducing administrative burden for physicians. These changes are tied to CMS’s ongoing commitment to interoperability, patient data access and system-wide health information exchange (HIE).The meaningful use EHR Incentive Programs will now be known as “Promoting Interoperability”, and the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category will be known as the “Promoting Interoperability performance category” to maintain alignment across both programs.The goal is to put patients first so they may access high quality care, benefit from more …

Nationwide Progress in Declining Opioid Prescriptions, Connecticut Near the Top

Twenty-two percent decline in opioid prescriptions over four years announced by IQVIA. Connecticut has seen a 27.3% decline. Connecticut has had one of the most significant reductions in prescribing (27.3%) over the last few years and saw an 11% reduction in the last year alone (2016 to 2017). The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) has made significant efforts in education and outreach to prescribers. Our Opioid Committee is pleased with this verification of these efforts but believe more can be done.In 2014, CSMS launched an Opioid Committee and has worked with the AMA and other state medical societies to address …

Physician-led KaMMCO Admitted to Connecticut Insurance Market

KaMMCO is pleased to announce the company has been admitted to sell medical professional liability insurance and cyber security insurance in the State of Connecticut. KaMMCO enters the Connecticut market with support from the Connecticut State Medical Society.Matthew Katz, executive vice president and chief executive officer of CSMS said, “We are excited to add KaMMCO as a proven insurance option for liability insurance and especially cyber security insurance for our members. KaMMCO is a partner we know we can count on.” Katz added that the cyber security insurance is extremely important to CSMS members following recent identity theft incidents.Read more

QPP Roundup: April 2018

Providing monthly updates on PAI's activities and QPP news for you and your practice. CSMS is a proud partner of PAI, the Physician Advocacy Institute.New Interactive Resource Navigation Tools for 2018 MIPS ParticipationPAI’s QPP Resource Center recently added several new resources to help physicians understand the 2018 participation rules for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) pathways. The resources include overviews of: the various MIPS categories, MIPS scoring and payment adjustment, MIPS reporting mechanisms, Advanced APMs, and Advanced APM participation requirements.Not sure where to start? Check out our NEW Interactive Resource Navigation Tools to …

Dr. Seyed Aleali Seeks Appointment to the AMA's Senior Physician Section Governing Council

Please join us in supporting Dr. Seyed Aleali by casting your vote for him to serve on the AMA's Senior Physician Section Governing Council. Dr. Aleali was a past president of CSMS, served on the Fairfield County Board of Trustees, and is currently an AMA Delegate for CT and Chair of the CSMS AMA Delegation. He has been a leader of Connecticut's efforts for professional liability reform, and for appropriate Medicare reimbursements for cancer care services.All members of the AMA age 65 and above are eligible to vote in the AMA Senior Physicians Section (SPS) Governing Council election to be …

Landmark Ruling for Healthcare Providers in Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation

April 6, 2018Yesterday, Federal District Court Judge R. David Proctor issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting in part Provider Plaintiffs’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on the Antitrust Standard of Review in the In re Blue Cross and Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. Copies of the Memorandum Opinion and Order are available at our website, http://www.whatleykallas.com/.The Court found the market allocation scheme the Blues impose on healthcare providers and subscribers, combined with their so-called “Best Efforts” restrictions on non-Blue branded business, are to be analyzed under the per se standard of review. In reaching this conclusion, the Court noted that …

MIPS 2018 Look Up Tool Is Now Ready

  CMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool Upcoming Webinar: APG Educational Series 2018, MIPS APMs to Advanced APMs: How to Make the Valuable TransitionCMS Releases 2018 MIPS Eligibility ToolYou can now use the updated CMS MIPS Participation Lookup Tool to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).Just enter your National Provider Identifier, or NPI, to find out whether you need to participate during the 2018 performance year.Changes to Low-Volume ThresholdTo reduce the burden on small practices, we’ve changed the eligibility threshold for 2018. Clinicians and groups are now excluded from MIPS if they: Billed $90,000 …