February 2016 Newsletter
A message from our Executive Director, Neysa Guerino
Happy New Year from the staff of CSMS-IPA.  We are very excited about the year ahead and look forward to partnering with you to achieve outstanding healthcare outcomes for our patients, while reducing unnecessary costs.  To achieve these type of results, we will need the engagement of each of our providers and their staff. 

CSMS-IPA will continue to provide you the business and clinical resources that allow you to achieve the highest level of quality, cost efficiencies, while creating a positive patient experience. 

Our 2016 focus will remain patient-centered and value based care.  This month we signed an agreement with Quality Health Ideas, Inc. to provide a population health management services tool, CareScreen®.  We look forward to introducing our new technology platform; incentives, and our network goals and objectives at our February 3, 2016 Webinar at Noon.  To access the Webinar invitation, click here.  We ask that a provider or practice manager from each practice attend this Webinar to learn more about the next steps for each practice.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me (203-225-1291-nguerino@csms-ipa) or your CSMS-IPA resource.
We wish you a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year!  
Updates from our first webinars of the year

Annual Wellness Visits: 
The First Step to Managing the Quality of Health for Patients
On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, members of our physician network participated in a Webinar entitled,
  The Annual Care Visit: Coding and Documentation
If you missed this valuable and informative Webinar, please review the following resources.  A copy of the recorded Webinar is available for our network providers at under Resource Library.

The Annual Care Visit: Coding and Documentation Webinar Slides

CMS Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Initial Preventive Physical Exam

Annual Wellness Visit_ICD-10 Codes
Diabetes Care Management for the Primary Care Provider
January 27, 2016 Noon-1:00 p.m.

Speaker Egils Bogdanovics, MD
Diabetes Care Center, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Participants of this Webniar reviewed the prevalence, prevention, diagnosis and management of Diabetes based on evidence based criteria.   HEDIS Quality Performance Measurements for 2016 were also reviewed. 

CSMS-IPA Provider Actions Needed

Prioritize Diabetic Patients for their annual care visit to offer enough time throughout the year to close diabetes management gaps in care outlined below: 

a.  HbA1c
b.  Kidney Disease Monitoring
c.  Diabetes Retinal Eye Exam
d.  Medication Adherence-Diabetes Medications

Resources for Diabetes Management

 Webinar Slides:  Diabetes Management for the Primary Care  Provider
Type 1 and Type 2 ICD-10 Diabetes Codes
Diabetes Care Management Documentation Tool
Fax Back Form:  Retinal Eye Exam
Join our upcoming webinars

 2016 CSMS-IPA New Technology Platform on Feb 3, 2016 12:00 PM EST

This webinar will review the New Technology Platform and physician incentive program. This population health management tool is physician driven and will give your practice quality performance feedback that will enable you to improve health outcomes for your patients.  We invite providers and practice managers within our network to join this call.
Speaker: Edna Wells, Director of Operations

 The DSS Glide Path to PCMH & NCQA 2014 Standards on Feb 10, 2016 12:00 PM EST

You are invited to attend an important and informative webinar for all Connecticut Medicaid Assistance Program (CMAP) enrolled primary care providers (PCPs): The DSS Glide Path to PCMH (Person-Centered Medical Home) & NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) 2014 Standards

After attending this webinar, primary care medical practices will understand:
• The benefits of becoming a PCMH
• 2014 NCQA PCMH Standards
• The DSS Glide Path Program
• Glide Path program support and resources

Speaker: Kara Rodriquez, RN, PCMH Program Administrator, Community Health Network of CT, Inc.

 New 2-1-1 Information and Referral Website on Mar 9, 2016 12:00 PM EST

You are invited to join us for a webinar presentation and live demo of the new 2-1-1 website.
The webinar will include a brief overview of 2-1-1, some background of the website redesign project, an overview of the new features, and a live demo of the new that shows how it can be put to use.
2-1-1 Connecticut is a free health and human service information and referral helpline. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the full database of more than 48,000 programs and services is accessible any time on any device through
We look forward to sharing this information with you!

Webinar Presenters
Kate Quigley, Lead Resource Specialist/Project Manager
United Way of CT, 2-1-1 Information Services

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