Events, Conferences, and Announcements for June 10, 2016

Each week the Wyoming Medical Society receives a number of webinar, CME, and other conference opportunities which we share with our members without endorsement. This week’s list includes:


The Wyoming Department of Health released proposed changes to Medicaid rules Ch. 7, 20, and 28. The public comment period is now underway until July 21, 2016. The rules are being adopted to establish methods and standards for Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing facilities which provide services to clients. To read the proposed rules and to find a method for offering public comment, click here.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Probuphine last week, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program. For more information, read here.

The Enhanced Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) is back online with new features. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration encourages users to explore all of the files available for public use, which include new and updated series data.


RT Welter, a Denver-based healthcare service company, released its monthly newsletter with the headline story about the AMA’s Medical Liability Reforms being challenged. It also offers a new coding calculator, and a column by Welter about the changes in payer agreements.

The weekly edition of CMS’ MLN Connects Provider eNews came out on June 9. This week the eNews offers stories on enhancements by Medicare to the Shared Savings Program; and Updated information on the IVIG Demonstration.


Mountain Pacific Quality Health offers a series of HIPPA Privacy and Security Boot Camps. This full-day workshop on HIPAA privacy and security regulations and how to protect your practice will prepare you to protect your patients and practice from the financial and reputational harm of audits and breaches.  HIPAA boot camp participants will feel more qualified to fulfill the role as your organization’s privacy and/or security officer. For more information, email Mark Norby (HealthInsight) or call 307.258.5322. Events are planned for June 14 (Ogden, UT); June 15 (Orem, UT), and June 16 (Murray, UT).

Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) offers buprenorphine waiver trainings including one from 6-10:30 a.m. on June 11. Click here to register for the training.

PCSS-MAT also offers a webinar called Improving MAT Access and Quality Through Collaborative Care on June 14 from 10 a.m. – noon. Dr. Stoller will focus on a model of care he coined “Collaborative Opioid Prescribing (CoOP),” linking OTP expertise with OBB prescribers. An adaptive stepped care model adjusts counseling intensity and medication parameters (OBB prescription vs. OTP dispensing; duration of prescriptions).  Supporting OBB providers in this manner may encourage MAT provision and access, while concurrently improving treatment outcome.  Providing a broad spectrum of medical, social, and recovery services through coordinated care can enhance health outcomes and address unmet patient needs.

The Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Alaska office and Alaska eHealth Network invite you to join Mary Erickson, HIT/Quality Improvement Consultant with Mountain-Pacific, to learn what the hospital and eligible professional quality reporting as well as inpatient and outpatient quality reporting requirements are for the Meaningful Use program in 2016. Mary will also recommend steps to streamline your reporting and align the different quality programs so your organization can make quality reporting more efficient and not so overwhelming.The webinar is slated for Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from noon-1 p.m.

On Friday, June 17, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) will host 100 senior health care leaders from all over the country. These 100 experts will divide into multi-stakeholder teams to tackle eight important issues related to payment reform during the first portion of the meeting. They will then come together to present and discuss their recommendations for addressing those issues in a plenary session at the end of the meeting. NRHI will be live streaming the final plenary session of the National Payment Reform Summit, so you will be able to hear the recommendations and discussion as well as provide your feedback on the recommendations. The live stream will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 pm MDT on Friday, June 17. Click here to watch the livestream of the event.