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CMS Open Payments Data Refresh, plus Upcoming Webinars

Recent Releases and Announcements

CMS Updates Open Payments Data

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Open Payments dataset to reflect changes to the data that took place since the last publication on June 30, 2017. The updated dataset  is now available for viewing.

CMS updates the Open Payments data at least once annually to include updates from disputes and other data corrections made since the initial publication of the data.

Upcoming Calls and Webinars

Friday, January 26 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Questions & Answers Session

In follow-up to a recent two-part EVV training series, CMS is hosting this Q&A session to give states the opportunity to ask questions regarding EVV requirements delineated in section 12006 of the 21st Century CURES Act. States are invited to ask questions about EVV system requirements, penalties for non-compliance, available federal support, implementation strategies, and other topics related to EVV and the CURES Act. Ralph Lollar, Director of the Division of Long Term Services & Supports (DLTSS), Kenya Cantwell, Technical Director with the Division of Benefits and Coverage, and David Meacham, Associate Regional Administrator for Seattle on behalf of the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations will be facilitating the session with support from Lewis & Ellis and Navigant Consulting.

Audio option #1: 1-844-396-8222 Participant Code: 907 468 789

Audio option #2 and Webinar 

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program

Register Now: Medicaid IAP National Learning Webinar (January 25, 2018)

Working with Unique Beneficiary Identifications in Medicaid Data

To assist Medicaid and CHIP agencies with their data analytic needs, the CMS Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) will host a national learning webinar on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET about strategies for working with unique beneficiary identifications (IDs) in Medicaid. During this webinar, state Medicaid agencies and other interested stakeholders will learn about approaches to common challenges associated with IDs, such as duplication, beneficiaries moving across states, mothers and newborns sharing the same ID, and administrative errors.

Presenters will share different perspectives on addressing issues associated with beneficiary IDs. Bruce Greenstein, Chief Technology Officer from the Department of Health and Human Services, will share best practices applied within a state environment. Additionally, states will learn about deduplication, probabilistic and deterministic matching, as well as linking beneficiary data to the National Death Index.

Register Now: Medicaid IAP Information Session (January 29, 2018)

New Technical Support Opportunities for States: Reducing Substance Use Disorders

The CMS Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program’s (IAP) Reducing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program area is launching new technical support opportunities for state Medicaid agencies. All interested states are encouraged to attend the information session on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET to learn more.

During this information session, states will learn about collaborative learning and individualized technical support opportunities offered through the Medicaid IAP SUD program area, including an Opioid Data Analytics Cohort. Webinar participants will also learn about additional opportunities available to states, such as a Data Dashboards Flash Track, Rapid Response on Best Practices, Medication-Assisted Treatment Model/Payment Design, and 1115 SUD Strategic Design Support.

Register Now: Medicaid IAP National Learning Webinar (January 31, 2018)

Determining Performance Benchmarks for a Medicaid Value-Based Payment Program

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET, the CMS Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is holding a national webinar for state Medicaid agencies and other interested stakeholders to learn about various benchmarking methods and considerations for setting performance benchmarks in a Medicaid value-based payment program. The webinar will also include presentations and insights by state Medicaid officials from Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations Pay-For-Performance Program and Vermont’s Medicaid Shared Savings Program.

Register Now: Medicaid IAP National Learning Webinar (February 6, 2018)

Medicaid Strategies for Promoting Provider Capacity for Physical and Mental Health Integration

To assist Medicaid and CHIP agencies, CMS’s Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) Physical and Mental Health Integration program area is hosting a national learning webinar on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET about Medicaid strategies for promoting provider capacity for physical and mental health integration.

Webinar participants will hear from Dr. Ben Miller, a national expert in the field, who will provide an overview of key components for providers to increase physical and mental health integration capacity. This webinar will also feature speakers from Medicaid agencies in Hawaii and New Hampshire, who will share physical and mental health integration provider capacity strategies and lessons learned.

Register Now: Medicaid IAP Information Session (February 8, 2018)

New Opportunity for States: Data Analytic Technical Support for State Medicaid Agencies

CMS’s Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) Data Analytics functional area is launching a new technical support opportunity for state Medicaid agencies to assist in building their data analytic capacity as they design and implement delivery system reforms. All interested states are encouraged to attend the information session on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET to learn more.

During this information session, states will hear about the technical support opportunity, have an opportunity to ask questions, and learn about the state selection process. Webinar participants will also learn about the types of technical support that IAP has provided to states interested in building their data analytic capacity, such as developing an analytic plan, designing an approach to integrate non-Medicare datasets, interpreting statistical output, or developing statistical programs to analyze and monitor their Medicaid programs.

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