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 Nurse.com and ContinuingEducation.com, 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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