CMS Continues Small-Practice Help With QPP
By Amy Lynn Sorrel

Small practices that once sought free direct technical assistance with the federal Quality Payment Program can no longer do so, but in its place they can take advantage of other tailored resources the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers.    

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) only provided for five years of direct QPP support under the Small, Underserved and Rural Support initiative, which ended in February.    

But CMS officials have said they are “committed to supporting small practices in their continued participation and success in the Quality Payment Program.”   

With that aim, the agency put together a monthly QPP Small Practices Newsletter with customized information about relevant program updates; upcoming milestones such as deadlines for data submission; and resources to support successful participation in QPP.   

“This newsletter will also include relevant updates and resources announced through the QPP listserv that you may have missed,” CMS said.    

Other resources for small practices include:  

  • The QPP website – a centralized location for updates and resources;  
  • The QPP Webinar Library – a repository of upcoming webinars and trainings, plus recordings and slides of past events; 
  • The QPP listserv – an email discussion platform with general program updates and deadlines; and 
  • The QPP Resource Library – a centralized collection of user guides and fact sheets to support program participation.  

For help with basic or complex program questions, CMS says the Quality Payment Program Service Center remains the “primary point of contact.” The center can be reached at (866) 288-8292, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm ET, or by email

The Texas Medical Association is also here to help with its Clinical Quality and Payment and Accountable Care web pages, and Reimbursement Services.

Last Updated On

August 24, 2022

Originally Published On

August 23, 2022

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Amy Lynn Sorrel has covered health care policy for nearly 20 years. She got her start in Chicago after earning her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and went on to cover health care as an award-winning writer for the American Medical Association, and as an associate editor and managing editor at TMA. Amy is also passionate about health in general as a cancer survivor, avid athlete, traveler, and cook. She grew up in California and now lives in Austin with her Aggie husband and daughter.

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