Medicare Streamlines QPP Submission Process
By David Doolittle

Portal story photoWe get it. You’re busy caring for patients, but you have to submit 2017 data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS') Quality Payment Program (QPP) by March 31 of this year. And that, of course, affects your Medicare payments for next year.

Where will you find the time? If only there were a single platform where you could submit and update information at any time.

Well, CMS apparently heard your concerns because it launched just such a system for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs) under the QPP. 

All you have to do is sign in to the QPP website using your Enterprise Identity Data Management credentials. From there, you’ll be able to report data for your practice as an individual clinician or group and get real-time initial scoring. You may even resubmit data if you don’t get it right the first time. Bonuses and penalties will be calculated based on the last data submission that occurs before the March 31 deadline. However, groups who use the CMS web interface reporting method must submit data by March 16. 

If you’re in a MIPS APM or advanced APM, contact your APM administrator to ensure all data specific to your model will be sent to CMS on your behalf. 

To learn about the new data submission system, review the CMS fact sheet and refer to this CMS training video for a demonstration of the process. If you’re looking for more information on how to avoid a 2019 Medicare payment penalty, check out this story from TMA. And be sure to visit TMA’s MACRA Resource Center for even more information on the program.

If you want to contact the QPP directly, email QPP[at]cms[dot]hhs[dot]gov or call (866) 288-8292.

Last Updated On

January 12, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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