MIPS: Last day to register or cancel registration for the CMS Web Interface reporting option for the 2017 MIPS performance year under the CMS Quality Payment Program
Due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed a new Quality Payment Program that has two payment pathway options: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs). The CMS Quality Payment Program began on Jan. 1, 2017, and performance in the pathway you choose this year will affect your Medicare payment in 2019. Groups with 25 or more eligible clinicians who are required to participate in MIPS and choose the CMS Web Interface to report quality data for the MIPS Quality Performance Category must register with CMS by June 30, 2017. In addition, if your group registered for the GPRO Web Interface in 2016 to report quality data for the Physician Quality Reporting System, CMS automatically registered your group to use the CMS Web Interface in 2017 for MIPS. If your group would like to use a different reporting mechanism, you must cancel this registration by June 30, 2017.
Under the CMS Quality Payment Program framework, if you do not participate in an advanced APM in 2017, you may be subject to MIPS this year. To find out if you are required to submit data to MIPS or if you are exempt this year, refer to the letter CMS sent to your practice or access the online lookup tool on the Quality Payment Program website at https://qpp.cms.gov/learn/eligibility. If you are not exempt and choose not to participate in either pathway in 2017, you will receive an automatic 4-percent pay cut on a per-claim basis to your Medicare Part B payments in 2019.
If you belong to a group of 25 or more eligible clinicians and would like to learn more about this reporting option, registration process, or how to cancel your group’s registration, click on the CMS link above to access the CMS Web Interface Fact Sheet and Registration Guide. For questions, contact the CMS Quality Payment Program Service Center by phone at (866) 288-8292 or by email at QPP@cms.hhs.gov