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2014 Annual Long-Term Care Provider Meetings – Save the Date

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Long-Term Care Regulation. 

Is there a specific topic you would like to see presented this year?  Please let us know!  Send your suggestion to the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) at SLCR@health.mo.gov.

Coming to a location near you:

September 17, 2014:  Region 7 – St Louis

September 19, 2014:  Region 1 – Springfield

September 22, 2014:  Region 5 – Hannibal

September 26, 2014:  Region 2 – Cape Girardeau

September 29, 2014:  Region 3 – Kansas City

September 30, 2014:  Region 4 – St Joseph

October 2, 2014:  Region 6 – Jefferson City

Registration is not required.  Please view the flyer here:  2014 Annual Provider Meetings Save the Date.

AHRQ and Joint Commission Launch E-Learning Module to Reduce Infections

Applying High Reliability Principles to Infection Prevention and Control in Long-Term Care

Free online learning module and index of resources!

Staff at all levels can help prevent healthcare-associated infections by using a 50-minute e-learning tool based on high reliability principles.  The online module teaches long-term care facilities to apply these principles, which can help them achieve safety, quality and efficiency goals, prevent infections and achieve high safety performance over extended periods.  Visit www.jointcommission.org/HRipcLTC.aspx.

Announcement from CMS – National Provider Call: QIO Program Transition

You are invited to join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, for a discussion on the restructuring of Quality Improvement (QIO) Program effective August 1, 2014.  We recognize the unique impact of the changes on the provider community as it relates to areas such as provider’s procedures for notifying beneficiaries regarding rights to appeals of discharge determinations, addressing quality of care concerns, provision of medical records, working on quality improvement initiatives and receiving technical assistance on value and incentive programs.  The purpose of this meeting is to share an overview of the QIO Program changes, provide an update on the transition process, discuss its impact on the provider community, share critical resources, and to answer any questions.

We have scheduled the National Provider Call for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT (10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT) via webinar.

Here is how you can join:

Audio:  Telephone Number: 1-877-267-1577

MeetingPlace ID: 993 182 797 (This meeting does not require a password.)

Webinar:  https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/qio-provider-call/

Users without an Adobe Connect login may sign-in as a guest.  Pre-registration is not required.  This session will be recorded.  Thank you for your participation in this call to advance health care quality for Medicare beneficiaries.  We look forward to hearing from you.

NEW QIPMO Video

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) is a cooperative project between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.  Wonder what QIPMO is all about?  For a quick and informative video click here or view on YouTube at http://youtu.be/qnh-YZ1uUj0.

INFORMAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION (IDR) – New Fax Number

Please note Primaris has a new fax number, (573) 777-1016, for receipt of all IDR related information such as intake forms, exhibits, and formal requests. The updated intake form with the revised fax number is available online at http://primaris.org/services/informal-dispute-resolution-2.

Ghostbusters and QIO Program Turn 30: Who You Gonna Call for Medicare Concerns?

Primaris will no longer handle Missouri Medicare case reviews beginning August 1

Thirty years ago, Ghostbusters made the question “Who you gonna call” go viral long before the days of social media.

1984 was the same year Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), like Missouri-based Primaris, began answering the call of Medicare patients.  Primaris serves Missourians with Medicare by examining concerns about their care, or by reviewing cases where patients feel services ended too soon – for example, an early discharge from a hospital.

Beginning August 1, 2014, Missourian patients and providers will no longer call health care quality-improvement consulting company Primaris.  All current and future beneficiary quality review case work and appeals will be conducted by KEPRO, located in Seven Hills, Ohio.

For more information, please visit Primaris at http://primaris.org/quality-today/ghostbusters-and-qio-program-turn-30-who-you-gonna-call-for-medicare-concerns.