Master Classes

Master Class Overview 

The 2020 CMS Quality Conference Master Classes will provide conference participants with presentations and discussions from subject matter experts on diverse topics and include dynamic presentations and/or interactive activities along with engaging discussion and a question and answer period at the end. Each Master Class will be repeated in back-to-back presentations to allow conference participants to attend two of six Master Classes offered. Please see the below for this year’s Master Class offerings. Registration for the Master Classes has closed.

  • If you have registered, please try to get to the session at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the session to ensure priority seating. There will be staff at the door verifying your registration.
  • If you have not registered for a session, we encourage you to still attend. Approximately 2-3 minutes prior to the start of the session, non-registrants will be allowed to fill any open seats.

Master Classes are open to all conference participants, and those interested may be eligible to receive continuing education credit (CEU). In order to receive CEU for a conference session, participants must pass the post-assessment and complete the evaluation. Post-assessments are located on the CMS Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) Learning Management and Product Ordering System (LM/POS).

Visit the Continuing Education (CE) Activity Information & Instructions for additional information on how to receive continuing education credit (CEU). The form will be updated periodically, with final updates on the post-assessment going live by Thursday, February 27th.

Master Class Descriptions
  • All six Master Classes will occur on February 26, 2020, and most will be taught twice, giving attendees an opportunity to register for two separate Master Classes.
  • Session A for all classes will be from 10:30 am – 11: 45 am
  • Session B for all classes will be from 12:00 pm – 01:15 pm
Master Class: Sessions A and B

Strategies for Managing Chronic Kidney Disease for Minority Populations

Speakers: Cara James, Clarissa Diamantidis, Jesse Roach, Karen Onstad, Delphine Tuot
Location: Holiday 4
Session Code 139 A 10:30 -11:45 am (Registration Full)
Session Code 139 B 12:00 pm -1:15pm

This presentation and interactive session will address slowing the progression of CKD. Speakers will present recent analyses of Medicare patients with CKD. These analyses have yielded information on clinical recognition of CKD and kidney function decline over time:

Only 12% of FFS beneficiaries and 28% of MA enrollees with lab-identified CKD had CKD clinically recognized via diagnoses. In those with both lab-identified and clinically recognized CKD, 70% of FFS beneficiaries and 68% of MA patients had consistent CKD staging agreement in diagnosis codes and lab data.

In a cohort of over 1 million MA enrollees with lab-identified CKD in 2013-2018, African American and Hispanic patients had better kidney function at study entry than other beneficiaries, but faster kidney function decline.

During the interactive session, presenters will share a resource guide on CKD for primary care practices. A new Chronic Kidney Disease Disparities: Guide for Primary Care provides information on disparities in CKD, describes actions for primary care teams, and points to additional resources. We will have a dialogue on the development of the Guide; how the Guide may be used; and, how to help manage CKD from a stakeholder perspective.”

  

How to Effectively Address Pain Care in a Rapidly Changing Opioid Epidemic: A Federal Perspective

Speakers: Ellen Blackwell, Jan Losby, Suchitra Iyer, Vanila Singh, Shari Ling
Location: Holiday 6
Session Code 155 A 10:30 -11:45 am
Session Code 155 B 12:00 pm -1:15pm

People living with pain in are facing challenges obtaining appropriate care. Compassionate, person-centered, multimodal treatment is needed to meet unique needs and maximize function and quality of life. Estimates indicate about half of community-dwelling older adults have pain, with even more nursing home residents. Pain is a significant health concern on its own and a common symptom across multiple chronic conditions. It has significant consequences for individuals, families, caregivers, employers, government, communities, and society. CDC data indicates 20 percent of U.S. adults (50 million) have daily pain, with 8 percent (20) million experiencing high impact chronic pain that interferes with life and work activities, increasing with age. The cost of pain to our nation is estimated to be as much as $635 billion annually. Addressing the various costs of pain to individuals and systems becomes even more urgent Medicare enrollment grows.

In an environment of heightened awareness about the risks and benefits of opioid medications policymakers, clinicians, and researchers are increasingly focused on improving the prevention, treatment, and management of pain. In this class, experts will discuss HHS and CMS efforts to understand and improve pain care and pain management across a range of treatment, services, therapies, and approaches.

 

Identifying and Using Lead and Lag Measures to Drive Medicaid and CHIP Quality Improvement

Speakers: Jane Taylor
Location: Holiday 1-3
Session Code 159 A: 10:30 -11:45 am
Session Code 159 B: 12:00 pm -1:15pm

This session will focus on how to identify and use lead and lag measures to drive Medicaid Quality Improvement (QI). The importance of choosing measures that can both indicate progress towards a goal (lead) and achievement of that goal (lag), is essential for developing actionable quality improvement strategies. The discussion will highlight the overall concepts of lead and lag measurement for quality improvement and provide specific examples on topics such as maternal health, asthma, childhood obesity, and payment reforms. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify lead and lag measures for their own state priorities.

 

The Future of Quality Measurement, 2020 and Beyond

Speakers:  Michelle Schreiber, Reena Duseja, Claudia Dahlerus, Lisa Sutra
Location:  Johnson AB
Session Code 163 A: 10:30 -11:45 am (Registration Full)
Session Code 163 B: 12:00 pm -1:15pm (Registration Full)

Thank you for your interest in attending this session of the Master Class. Unfortunately, the registration capacity for this session has been met and registration is now closed. Most sessions are offered twice, so please feel free to check if session registration is still open in the other time slot.
If both sessions are full and you still wish to attend, please consider arriving to the session a few minutes early. While registrants receive priority seating, in past years we have been able to allow non-registrants into most of the classes to fill any remaining seats at the start of the presentation. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Quality measurement is a key driver in behavior change when influencing quality of care patients receive in the health care system. Over the last 20 years, institutions have made strides in improving quality of care, but gaps exist and there is growing recognition we need to transform the way we collect data, to allow for more agile, timely feedback to patients and providers to influence quality improvement. Two years ago CMS started the Meaningful Measures Initiative to help identify and close important gap areas of measures, align measures across the continuum of care and across payers, as well was spur innovation in new types of measures such as patient reported measures and electronic measures. As the healthcare quality and payment ecosystem evolves at a rapid pace, CMS needs to continue to strengthen and advance their quality and public reporting programs to improve healthcare for patients.

Incorporating feedback from the national discussions, this Master Class will present the approaches CMS is using to evolve quality measurement and report in 2020 and beyond. CMS will outline proposed updates to the Meaningful Measure initiative and Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS), as well as lead a discussion on patient-reported outcome measures.

 

High Quality Evidence Based Approaches to Patient Engagement

Speakers: C. Daniel Mullins, Gail Graham
Location: LaTrobe
Session Code 189 A: 10:30 -11:45 am (Registration Full)
Session Code 189 B: 12:00 pm -1:15pm (Registration Full)

Thank you for your interest in attending this session of the Master Class. Unfortunately, the registration capacity for this session has been met and registration is now closed. Most sessions are offered twice, so please feel free to check if session registration is still open in the other time slot.
If both sessions are full and you still wish to attend, please consider arriving to the session a few minutes early. While registrants receive priority seating, in past years we have been able to allow non-registrants into most of the classes to fill any remaining seats at the start of the presentation. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Public health can be enhanced by engaging Medicare beneficiaries and other patients in the codesign of healthcare program and health systems. Designing more patient-centered systems of health care, health care access, and health-related services supports learning health care communities. Evidence-based approaches to patient, family, and stakeholder engagement can enhance access to high quality care and active participation in health-seeking behaviors and self-management of disease and health. This session will review a variety of evidence-based engagement approaches, then compare and contrast those approaches to select the most engagement approach for a specific purpose. Effective engagement of patients, their families, and Medicare beneficiaries as co-creators of Medicare Programs will make the programs more meaningful and impactful. The session will present flash cards of engagement approaches that simultaneously help to educate individuals about the approaches and allow them to weigh in on which approach seems fit for purpose.

 

Approaches for Delivering Value-Based Care in Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine

Speakers: Meena Abraham, Arjun Venkatesh, Cynthia/Daisy Smith, Gregory Nicola, Anna Ratzliff
Location: Ruth
Session Code 190 B: 12:00 pm -1:15pm (Only offered once) (Registration Full)

Thank you for your interest in attending this session of the Master Class. Unfortunately, the registration capacity for this session has been met and registration is now closed. Most sessions are offered twice, so please feel free to check if session registration is still open in the other time slot.
If both sessions are full and you still wish to attend, please consider arriving to the session a few minutes early. While registrants receive priority seating, in past years we have been able to allow non-registrants into most of the classes to fill any remaining seats at the start of the presentation. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Medical associations serve as trusted partners for engaging clinicians in value-based care and supporting clinical practice transformation and preparedness for APM participation. Incorporating lessons learned from national programs, leading primary and specialty care medical associations will share the tools and resources featured in their quality improvement initiatives, which help improve outcomes and care for CMS beneficiaries and patients across the nation. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) will provide an overview of E-QUAL to improve outcomes and reduce unnecessary testing in the emergency department setting, the American College of Radiology (ACR) on R-SCAN to improve care coordination and reduce unnecessary testing, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) for behavioral health in the primary care setting, and the American College of Physicians (ACP) on the ACP Advance for clinician-led improvement in quality and patient outcomes.

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