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  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:04 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    We invite you to participate in the third offering of an expanded patient safety course – nearly all of the topics in the prior course given in spring 2018 and earlier years will be covered in redesigned sessions plus we will have additional content on improvement and achieving high reliability.

    The faculty of the Division of Healthcare Management in the Department of Public Health Sciences are pleased to offer this free and innovative program on improvement science. This is a “mini” certificate course designed specifically for health care professionals, trainees, and students from medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, hospital administration, and health services research.

    Course Content The program, designed to increase your knowledge of how to improve healthcare quality and safety and to educate you on the latest theories on improvement science, consists of 11 sessions addressing topics such as leadership’s role in nurturing a culture of high reliability, an understanding of the science of errors and safety, the model for improvement in clinical practice, identification of “measures that matter” in healthcare, teamwork and communication techniques, performance improvement tools, ways to create a safer medication system, the challenges of health literacy and patient diversity, event reporting systems, designing care for to maximize value and safety, the impacts of information technology and safety, safety in clinical research and the business case for safety.

    Registration Information

    The registration deadline for the Rochester Improvement Science Education (RISE) Certificate Program is Saturday, September 21.  Sessions will begin on Thursday, September 5, 2019, and will be offered an average of twice per month on Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  There is no fee for this course.  Course materials will be available online.

    Existing MyPath/Achieve Users: Please refer to the attached instructions to register for the course.

    New to MyPath? Click here to create an account and begin the registration process.

    Parking Information

    Parking fees will be the responsibility of the registrant. A light snack will be provided beginning at 5pm.

    Program Completion
    Successful completion of the program involves attendance at a minimum of 8 sessions. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of participation from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Physicians, dentists, nurses, dental assistants, hygienists, pharmacists, radiology technologists and social workers will be eligible for up to a maximum of 16.5 hours of continuing education credits. For social workers, partial credit for this multi-part course may not be awarded. Learner must attend all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours. Physicians should note that medical staff privileges at SMH and HH, as well as participation in BCBS managed care products (including Blue Choice) require 50 hours of CME per year. Physicians insured through UR and MCIC Vermont for malpractice insurance will be eligible for a reduced premium through the premium differential program.

    Please see the attached documents for further information. If you are unable to access any of the attachments, please feel free to contact Judy Hughes at 275-7712 or by email at judy_hughes@urmc.rochester.edu for another email version or fax copy. The materials are also available at the Quality and Safety Intranet Page for those who can access the URMC intranet and here for those who cannot: Healthcare Quality - Hospital Quality, Safety, and Service - University of Rochester Medical Center

    Don’t miss this opportunity to promote improvement science and patient safety by learning about the science, tools, and strategies for achieving safer patient care.

    More Links: 

    Registration Instructions for Existing MyPath Users.pdf

    Class Schedule_RISE_Fall_Final.pdf

    Faculty List_Revised v3 Final 8 13 19.pdf

    Patient Safety Program Announcement_RISE 8 12 19.pdf

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:59 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Project ECHO® Eating Disorders is an ongoing, twice-monthly web-based learning series providing case-based learning and brief lectures to build providers’ capacity to better serve people with eating disorders and their families in their home communities. The 90-minute sessions (first and third Tuesdays from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.) promote evidence-based strategies and best practice guidelines for working with patients at all levels of care and support ongoing mentorship and interdisciplinary relationship building and care coordination. Sessions are cost-free, as are CME hours and social work CEUs for participants.

    For additional information, please go to: www.nyeatingdisorders.org/echo.html

    To register for this series, please go to: http://bit.ly/ECHOEDOREG

    There is also a parallel ECHO® series for all disciplines of K-12 school staff, focused on prevention, identification and support for children and adolescents with eating disorders and their families.  More information on that series: http://www.nyeatingdisorders.org/sb-echo.html

    For ECHO-related questions, please contact: Jim_Witmer@URMC.Rochester.edu

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:58 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    On Friday, October 4, the NYS Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders, sponsored by the NYS Department of Health, will present a first-of-its-kind statewide conference featuring experts from New York’s three centers of excellence in eating disorder care and research. Presenters will represent Albany Medical College, the University of Rochester Medical Center, Syracuse University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, among others.

    This day-long conference, to be held in Syracuse, has been developed by an interdisciplinary team to educate providers from the many disciplines who work with these patients and their families, including primary and family care physicians, psychiatry and behavioral health clinicians, dietitians, care managers, nurses, creative arts therapists, life coaches, etc. All interested practitioners are welcome to attend.

    The conference website, www.nyeatingdisorders.org/NYSCCCED-2019-Conference.html provides all of the details of the conference, including information about the program, the presenters, the location, and more.

    Registration for the conference can be filled out at:  urson.us/EDOConf2019

    The registration fee is just $20; light breakfast and lunch will be provided and CME and social work CEUs will be available at no extra cost.

    Please contact EDOConference@URMC.Rochester.edu with any other questions.

  • Monday, August 05, 2019 8:51 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Workers compensation banner

    CMS-1500 Video and Q&A Webinars

    The Workers Compensation Board is offering new resources to assist in the transition to Form CMS-1500, which will streamline medical billing and reduce the paperwork requirements currently in the workers compensation system.

    To help you prepare, the Board has developed a training video to show health care providers, and all others who will be using Form CMS-1500, how to use the form and the required narrative reports to bill for their services to workers compensation patients.

    The Board will also hold two follow-up Q&A webinars so that you can get answers to any questions you may have after viewing the training video and reading the CMS-1500 FAQ on the Board s website.

    With that in mind, we encourage you to view the training video before attending one of the webinars. As you view the training video, take note of questions that come up so that you ll be prepared for the Q&A webinar. This will enable you to take full advantage of both resources.

    To view the training video, follow this link: CMS-1500 Training Video

    The webinars will be held on:

    September 17, 2019
    8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    Register Here

    September 18, 2019
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Register Here

    In the meantime, please see CMS-1500 Initiative and the CMS-1500 FAQ for information.

    Please direct questions to CMS1500@wcb.ny.gov

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:55 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    TRNDS is a one-day symposium on emerging novel therapeutic technologies that are creating new and rapidly expanding treatment options for patients with rare neurological disorders. TRNDS is hosted and organized by the University of Rochester, a national leader in rare disease research and therapeutic development.

    September 13, 2019

    7:30 am – 4:00 pm

    University of Rochester
    Saunders Research Building
    265 Crittenden Boulevard
    Rochester, NY 14620

    To register, click here.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:50 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Updated FAQs Regarding Immunization Requirements for School Attendance Released July 19, 2019


    Effective June 13, 2019, Chapter 35 of the Public Health Law of 2019 repealed non-medical exemptions from vaccination for children

    attending school.

    NYSDOH, OCFS, and NYSED have released an updated document in

    follow-up to FAQs issued on June 18, 2019.


    You can view the updated FAQs and additional resources on the

    NYSCSH website here or the NYSED website here.

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:04 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    presented by Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:30am-12:00pm | Woodcliff Hotel, Fairport, NY 14450


    • Current Status of Screening Guidelines 
    • Breast Density and Screening
    • Ultrasound
    • High Risk MRI and MRI Contrast Media
    • Genetics
    • Panel Discussion
    • Question & Answer Session

    REGISTRATION: www.surveymonkey.com/r/EWBC-CME19
    or call 585 758-7081. Seating for the presentation is limited.
    Please respond before September 1. Complimentary hot breakfast.

    Hotel accommodations: Woodcliff Hotel and Spa | Fairport, NY 14450

    Hotel rooms are available at a rate of $139 per night. Please mention Elizabeth Wende Breast Care when making your reservations.
    To guarantee this rate, rooms must be reserved by 09/01/2019.

    Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Rochester Academy of Medicine and Elizabeth Wende Breast Care. The Rochester Academy of Medicine is accredited by the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Statement: The Rochester Academy of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Monday, July 08, 2019 1:16 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    In an effort to share model details and to include Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation leadership, the upcoming webinar on the Primary Care First Seriously Ill Population (SIP) payment option will now be held at the following date and time:

    Wednesday, July 24th at 12:00 PM EDT

    We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued interest in Primary Care First. Webinar slides will be available for download on the Primary Care First webpage shortly after the event.


    Please forward the registration link below to colleagues who may be interested in learning more about the Seriously Ill Population payment model option of Primary Care First.


    Register to attend here:


    If you registered for the event on July 10th, then you do not need to re-register for the event as the link you received is still valid.

    For additional information about Primary Care First, please visit the model webpage at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/primary-care-first-model-options/.  

    Questions or Feedback?

    If you have questions or feedback, please email PrimaryCareApply@telligen.com.


    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent this Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Update. To contact Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go to our contact us page.


  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 12:27 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Quality Payment Program

    Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Data Validation and Audit to begin June 2019 for Performance Years 2017 and 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Guidehouse to conduct data validation and audits of a select number of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians.  Data validation and audits are processes that will help ensure MIPS is operating with accurate and useful data. MIPS eligible clinicians, groups and virtual groups are required by regulation to comply with data sharing requests, providing all data as requested by CMS.

    If you are selected for data validation and/or audit, you will receive a request for information from Guidehouse. It will be sent via email or by certified mail.  Please be on the lookout for this notification. You will have 45 calendar days from the date of the notice to provide the requested information.

    Please note, if you do not provide the requested information CMS may take further action, to include the possibility that you will be selected for future audits. To help avoid this, we are in the process of developing resources to support clinicians selected to participate.

    We currently have the following data validation and audit resources available on the Quality Payment Program Resource Library:

    Be sure to subscribe to the QPP listserv by entering your email at the bottom of the Quality Payment Program website so that you receive notifications about the most up to date MIPS Data Validation and Audit information available.

    How do I get Help or More Information?

    The Quality Payment Program can be reached at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715- 6222), Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Eastern Time.

    QPP Submissions No Longer Support XML Format

    As a reminder, QPP Submissions will no longer support QPP XML format starting January 2, 2020. The QPP Submissions API will only accept requests and return responses in QPP JSON format.

    This means that files must be uploaded to the QPP website in either QPP JSON or QRDA III XML. This change improves the Submissions API performance and eliminates security vulnerabilities related to XML.

    Who is impacted

    The deprecation of QPP XML means that if you’ve ever configured your software to send requests to the QPP Submissions API or provided a file for your client to upload to the QPP website in QPP XML format, you will need to update your software to send those requests in QPP JSON format.

    Please review the timeline below for key dates on QPP XML deprecation.

    Organizations that already submit in QPP JSON are not impacted.

    This does not apply to QRDA III XML. The QRDA III XML converter tool will remain available to convert QRDA III XML to QPP JSON.

    Key dates for QPP XML deprecation

    • Summer 2019— The QPP Submissions API Developer Preview environment for Year 3 launches and accepts QPP JSON only. 

    o   Developer Preview environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will only accept requests in QPP JSON format. 

    o   Production environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will still accept requests in QPP JSON and QPP XML format. 

    o   Interactive documentation (https://preview.qpp.cms.gov/api/submissions/public/docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON/

    o   Static documentation (https://cmsgov.github.io/qpp-submissions-docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    • January 2020— The production QPP Submissions API begins accepting Year 3 performance year data. All requests to the production QPP Submissions API on and after this date accepts QPP JSON format only.

    o   Static documentation (https://cmsgov.github.io/qpp-submissions-docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    o   Developer Preview environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will only accept requests in QPP JSON format. 

    o   Production environment: The QPP Submissions API in this environment will only accept requests in QPP JSON format. 

    o   Interactive documentation (https://preview.qpp.cms.gov/api/submissions/public/docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    o   Static documentation (https://cmsgov.github.io/qpp-submissions-docs/): this website will only document the API in QPP JSON.

    We’ll be posting reminders when each of these key dates through the Google Group for QPP APIs. 

    We recommend migrating as soon as possible to ensure you don’t experience any disruption.

    Where to go for support in migrating to QPP JSON 

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