See what CMS has planned at HIMSS18

Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will lead discussions, answer questions, clarify program requirements and more.
By Bernie Monegain
09:59 AM
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems will present a range of topics at HIMSS18, from advanced alternative payment models to the Quality Payment Program. 

CMS representatives, in fact, will lead sessions beginning with Administrator Seema Verma Tuesday morning and continuing through Thursday afternoon. 

Here’s a look at the sessions CMS has on the HIMSS18 agenda; all take place in the Venetian, Lando 4204.

How CMS is Leveraging Information and Technology in Medicare and Medicaid
CMS Administrator Seema Verma will discuss her efforts to advance interoperability and patient ownership of healthcare data. She also will speak on how to effectively leverage the latest technologies for patients in Medicare and Medicaid.
WHEN: 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 6

Meaningful Measures Initiative
Pierre Yong, CMS Director of the Quality Measurement & Value-Based Incentives Group will discuss “Meaningful Measures.” CMS’ new approach to quality measurement. The initiative aims to coordinate and streamline measures to reduce the burden of reporting for providers. encouraging innovation, empowering patients, and improving the CMS customer experience.
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 6

Quality Payment Program Year 2
Molly MacHarris, MIPS Program Lead at CMS will talk about the Quality Payment Program, including eligibility and performance requirements for each category, reporting and data submission options, and scoring. She will also explain the differences between year 1 and year 2 of the program.
WHEN: 2:30-3:30 p.m March 6

Quality Payment Program: Advancing Care Information
Elizabeth Holland, Senior Technical Advisor at CMS, will talk about participating in the Advancing Care Information performance category of MIPS program in 2018. The presentation includes information about the performance period, measures and objectives, submission and Certified EHR Technology requirements, and also how to give CMS feedback.
WHEN: 10-11 a.m. March 7

Advanced Alternative Payment Models
Corey Henderson, who oversees stakeholder engagement and policy for CMS, will talk about how to participate in the Advanced Alternative Payment Model track of the Quality Payment Program in 2018. His presentation will include information about Advanced APMs, payer options, scoring, Certified EHR Technology requirements, and how to provide CMS with feedback.
WHEN: 1-2 p.m. March 7

Innovation in the Medicaid Enterprise: A State and Federal Priority Partnership
Martin Rice, Director of State Systems and Eugene Gabriyelov, Technical Director at the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services are teaming up to present a session on innovation for Medicaid.
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 8

Quality Payment Program Developer Tools & EHRs Town Hall
The session is an opportunity for product development and engineering executives to hear from and provide feedback to the QPP developer tools team. The CMS team aims to engage with EHR software vendors who are interested in helping their clients report to QPP.
WHEN: 1-2 p.m. March 8

New Medicare Card (SSNRI)
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, otherwise known as MACRA, calls for the removal of the Social Security Number from Medicare cards to protect beneficiaries from medical identity theft. A new Medicare beneficiary identifier will be mailed to 60 million beneficiaries. Monica Kay, group director at CMS will explain the project.
WHEN: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 8

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