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2019 Clinical Integration Program approved

Stay the course and continue to improve are the themes of the 2019 clinical integration (CI) program. The LHP Board decided to add just two new quality measures next year and increase the network’s focus on performance monitoring, individual provider-level measurement and greater data connectivity. Read the whole story and download an overview of the 2019 CI program measures from the LHP team site.

Quality Corner – Tips for improving breast cancer screening rates

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, focused on increasing awareness of the disease and raising funds for research into its cause. Since LHP has yet to meet its target for screenings, we’re increasing our focus on this important measure by providing tips for providers and education for patients. Read the whole story.

Be a part of LHP leadership – Committee member applications due Nov. 5

If you’d like to help lead LHP in its next phase of growth, consider applying for an open seat on one of four committees: Quality and Membership, Finance and Contracting, Population Health Services, and Clinical Collaboration and Performance Improvement. Learn more and download an application from the LHP team site. 

Legacy will participate in new CMS bundled payments model

Earlier this year, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a new voluntary episode payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), that will provide incentives for participants who reduce spending while improving quality of care in 32 clinical episodes. Legacy Health has been accepted for participation in the program. LHP providers may see some patients that are in the program either during outpatient follow-up or during the hospital stay for a few specialties. Read the whole story.

Legacy advocates for providers with letter to CMS

In its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2019, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeks to decrease documentation burden by going to a simpler set of rules around documentation. However, the proposed rule would also result in a single reimbursement rate instead of the four current different level rates accounting for visit complexity. Legacy submitted a response advocating for leaving the reimbursement rates alone as they would likely negatively incent providers. Read the letter posted on the LHP team site.

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