Hospital Quality Improvement Initiative

TMF Health Quality Institute helps hospitals participating in the Hospital Quality Improvement Initiative reduce all-cause patient harm and readmissions in rural, medically underserved and vulnerable populations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has contracted with TMF to work with qualifying hospitals. Download our fact sheet (PDF) to learn more.

To participate in this important quality improvement initiative, please complete and email a Letter of Participation (PDF) to hqic@tmf.org by Nov. 15, 2020. Once our team receives your letter, a TMF quality improvement specialist will contact eligible hospitals to answer questions, provide additional information and assist in registration. You may also contact TMF directly by calling 512-334-1642 or emailing hqic@tmf.org. A member of our team will respond by the next business day.

Your hospital and health care providers work hard every day to provide safe reliable quality care. TMF invites your hospital to partner with us to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and quality of services delivered to your patients.

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Payment Expanded for Telehealth Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. CMS is also providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth. Medicare will begin paying eligible practitioners who furnish these newly added telehealth services effective immediately, and for the duration of the public health emergency. These new telehealth services include certain neurostimulator analysis and programming services, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Expansion of COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Populations
The National Institutes of Health plans to assess and expand COVID-19 testing for underserved communities.
CMS News: Virtual Group Election Period for MIPS 2021 Now Open
If you’re interested in forming a virtual group for the 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year, the election period has started. To form a virtual group, an election must be submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) via e-mail by Dec. 31, 2020 (10:59 p.m. Central Time).
Submit MIPS Targeted Review Requests to CMS by Oct. 5, 2020
MIPS-eligible clinicians, groups and virtual groups (along with their designated support staff or authorized third-party intermediary), including Alternative Payment Model (APM) participants, may request the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to review the calculation of their 2020 MIPS payment adjustment factor(s) through a process called targeted review. The deadline to submit your request is Oct. 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. (CT).
CMS Offers Comprehensive Support for Louisiana and Texas with Hurricane Laura
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced efforts to support Louisiana and Texas in response to Hurricane Laura. Read this news release to learn more about the waivers available for health care providers in Louisiana and Texas affected by Hurricane Laura. This news release also lists more information about care for patients needing dialysis treatment, access to medical equipment and supplies and special enrollment for certain Medicare beneficiaries and individuals.
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