Opioid Data Collection
CMS and the MidSouth PTN continue to work together to fight the opioid epidemic. Please help us by completing this survey so we can understand how practices are prescribing opioids. There will be future opportunities for your practice and clinicians to get involved in initiatives to reduce opioid misuse. The survey should be completed by a prescribing clinician, and only one survey per practice is needed.     

Practice Spotlight

    Goodlettseville Pediatrics has been making several changes to increase the number of patients that contact the practice before going to the emergency department. They started a new education campaign this summer with multiple strategies directed toward their own staff, patients, and partners. Some of the changes include patient education about the clinics’ 24-hour phone number and preferred after hours clinic and review of triage protocols with their contracted after-hours nurse triage service. The practice is also working to improve its follow-up communication with patients after an ED visit. Nurses are provided a script to talk with patients about referrals, to remind them of the 24-hour phone number and to talk about other needs they might have, like prescription refills. The practice has created new codes to track information about ED visits in the EHR and is actively monitoring how these changes are improving communication between patients and their providers.

Aunt Bertha is a free online resource that can point you to social services and other resources to help facilitate referrals for patients in your local community. Aunt Bertha allows you to search for services by keyword or by categories such as food, housing, health, money, education, legal and others. You easily look up eligibility requirements, go straight to the agency’s website, or initiate a referral for yourself or a patient through Aunt Bertha. Visit the website here.

Please read these important requirements for QPP participation from CMS

Dear TCPi Clinician:

Welcome to the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)!  This communication serves as confirmation that you are enrolled and actively participating in TCPI to date.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased that you have chosen to participate in this transformative initiative.  As you know, TCPI is a four-year initiative and its primary purpose is to assist the U.S. health care system with its critical evolution from a volume-driven, fee-for-service model, to a more efficient integrated care model by incorporating a variety of innovative payment structures that emphasize value.

Your active participation and engagement in TCPI qualifies you to receive credit for a MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) Improvement Activity in 2017.  Information about MIPS can be found at  Participation in TCPI also enables you to meet MIPS reporting requirements.  Clinicians participating in TCPI will have the advantage of learning about MIPS and how to move toward participating in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  APMs and the MIPS are both components of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  More information about QPP, APMs, and MIPS can be found at

To receive improvement activity credit for QPP, you will be required to attest to participating in improvement activities through an email sent to CMS as proof of the clinicians’ participation in the activity.  The email will be entitled, “CMS Confirmation Email”.  If the clinician is audited after attesting to TCPI improvement activity, this email is proof that the practice is enrolled and participating with a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) or Support and Alignment Network 2.0 (SAN 2.0).

We look forward to working with you to enhance the capability of your practice to improve quality and patient care outcomes.  If you have any questions or concerns about your participation, please contact your designated PTN or SAN 2.0.  In addition, more information about TCPi can be found at or

The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Team

CMS Clinician Calls

CMS wants to hear from you! Mark your calendars for the upcoming TCPI All Clinician webinar events. More details regarding the agenda items will be shared soon. For now, just save the date and plan to attend– this is your opportunity to speak directly to CMS Leadership!
Clinician Events Focused on Primary Care, Tuesday, November 7th
5:30 – 6:30 PM CST, Click Here to Register
7:00 – 8:00 PM CST, Click Here to Register

Clinician Events Focused on Specialty Care, Wednesday, November 8th
5:30 – 6:30 PM CST, Click Here to Register
7:00 – 8:00 PM CST, Click Here to Register

Did you know the MidSouth PTN hosts two monthly webinars on patient & family engagement? This is your opportunity to learn from TCPI peers about strategies they are engaging patients in their healthcare decisions, finding ways to incorporate patient feedback in QI work, tips improving communication and more. Join one or both October calls:

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