Five Things to Know As QPP Deadlines Approach
By Ellen Terry

2.16 QPP five thingsReport your data early and often. That’s the message from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about reporting performance data under its 2017 Quality Payment Program (QPP).

Wouldn’t it be great if something would just make reporting easier?

Well, you’re in luck, because CMS has activated a new QPP portal whereby you, or your vendor, can report 2017 data.

The QPP encompasses two tracks for payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs). Data submitted for 2017 affects Medicare payment in 2019. Some of the reporting deadlines have changed. They are: 

Here are five things to do and know about submitting your data: 

  1. Not sure if you are required to report for the 2017 MIPS track in the first place? Enter your National Provider Identifier in the MIPS Lookup Tool to find out. If you’re not exempt, check this list of 53 Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey to see if you qualify for a separate MIPS exemption. If you were in a MIPS APM or advanced APM in 2017, use the APM Lookup Tool and contact your APM administrator to see if you need to submit data on your own or if it will be done for you, including data for the Advancing Care Information category.  
  2. If you’re required to participate, sign in to the QPP portal to submit data, or to see what your vendor submitted on your behalf, by using your CMS Enterprise Identity Management account, or get an account if you don’t have one. 
  3. Begin the process early so you can become familiar with the QPP portal. Also, the system will help you identify underperforming measures and problems with your data. Starting early gives you time to resolve these setbacks before the deadline.
  4. Submit data as often as you like, and update your data up to the deadline. The system automatically updates your data as you enter them (there’s no “save” or “submit” button). You’ll see your initial scores by performance category, indicating CMS has received your data. 
  5. Group practices can report as a group or individually for each eligible clinician. You can switch from group to individual reporting, or vice versa, at any time. The QPP portal will save all the data you enter for both individual eligible clinicians and a group, and CMS will use the data that results in a higher final score. 

For step-by-step instructions on how to report 2017 data, check out this video and fact sheet.

Learn More:

Sign up for CMS’s live “office hours.” Subject matter experts from CMS will answer commonly asked questions about data submission. All times below are Central Time.  

You can find information and resources for each reporting method on the CMS website or at TMA’s MACRA Resource Center. For questions, contact the QPP Service Center at (866) 288-8292 or by email at QPP[at]cms[dot]hhs[dot]gov.


Last Updated On

February 15, 2018

Originally Published On

February 15, 2018

Ellen Terry

Project Manager, Client Services

(512) 370-1391

Ellen Terry has been writing, editing, and managing communication projects at TMA since 2000. She hails from Victoria, Texas; has a journalism degree from Texas State University; and loves to read great fiction. Ellen and her husband have two grown sons and a couple of cats.

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