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Prepare for 2017: Learn the basics of MACRA with free webinar

When it comes to Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the more clinicians know about eligibility, deadlines and payment models, the better. RNs, advanced practice nurses and other healthcare clinicians can learn the basics of the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by attending the free webinar “MACRA 101 for APRNs” from 1-2 p.m. ET Dec. 7.

This webinar will help clinicians understand the heavily weighted quality reporting requirements that could impact their reimbursement.

The event will be hosted by and, two premier healthcare brands of OnCourse Learning.

“Though the MACRA system begins in 2019, payment changes will be based on data submitted in 2017,” said Jennifer Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, the executive director for nursing, medicine and pharmacy education for OnCourse Learning. “Preparing for the new quality payment program now can help providers avoid negative payment adjustments in 2019.”

The live webinar is designed for RNs, APNs, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners, and will examine the following topics:

• Eligibility and timelines

• Paths for payment information, including APMs and MIPS

• Performance categories

• Data collection and reporting

• Best methods of preparation

“It is extremely important to understand the new terms and payment structures and how this will impact reimbursements as a provider,” Mensik said. “Clinicians must know which program — either the merit-based incentive program or the advanced alternative payment model – they should or are able to participate in beginning Jan. 1.”

Attending the webinar will help participants:

• Describe what MACRA is and why the Medicare Part B payment structure changed.

• Explain the difference between the merit-based incentive payment system and the alternative payment models.

• Articulate what performance data needs to be collected.

To sign up for the free “MACRA 101 for APRNs” webinar, visit the registration page.

The webinar will be presented by Elizabeth Arend, MPH, the quality improvement adviser for the National Council for Behavioral Health. Arend works with internal staff, external stakeholders and direct care providers to oversee and ensure infusion of clinical best practices for all training and technical assistance projects. She also is responsible for conceptualization and development of clinical and quality improvement products, monitoring data trends for practice improvement projects and informing strategy to achieve positive outcomes.

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By | 2016-11-30T18:12:33-05:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Nursing News|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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    Marie Luisa Campbell December 3, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I would love to be allowed to be exposed and learn the basics of MACRA with a free Webinar. I am employee as a Director of Nurses at Mesa Hills Healthcare Residence and frequently are questions in regards of MACRA. It is pretty uncomfortable not to know the principles and changes of the system.

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    Lisa December 4, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

    If unavailable for the webinar, how can I get the information?

    • Heather Cygan
      Heather Cygan December 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Lisa, Please register for the webinar even if you cannot attend. After the webinar takes place you will be emailed a link to watch the recorded version. Also, you can search and find the course to take it as well.

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    Ella Teders December 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Is More better or worse? Is Less better or worse?

    • Heather Cygan
      Heather Cygan December 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Ella, Thanks for your comment. Can you please clarify what you would like to know is better or worse?

      Also, please sign up for our webinar and you will learn all about MACRA and can ask questions live.

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