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Read the latest news about the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), including new resources to help your small practice become QPP ready.       

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting recommendations from stakeholders for potential consideration of new specialty measure sets and/or revisions to existing specialty measure sets for program year 2019 of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.


CMS Launches New Data Submission System on QPP.CMS.GOV for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new data submission system for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program. Clinicians can now submit all of their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through one platform on the qpp.cms.gov website.


Join Quality Insights for the January edition of QPPLive! to get your questions answered about the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). 

Do you have knowledge or opinions to share about the Quality Payment Program that could improve it? Here are three opportunities to have your voice heard.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to providing useful and current quality performance information to help people with Medicare make informed health care decisions. CMS recently added PY 2016 performance information to Physician Compare.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering online, self-paced courses about the Quality Payment Program through the MLN Learning Management System. There are now seven courses available. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted several new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on CMS.gov.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is now offering two new accredited online courses.


The Election Period is Now Open to Form a Virtual Group for the 2018 MIPS Performance Period 

Visit CMS.gov to View New and Existing Quality Payment Program Resources


On November 2nd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule with comment for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (calendar year 2018), as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as well as an interim final rule with comment.


On November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule with comment for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (calendar year 2018), as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as well as an interim final rule with comment.

The 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports and 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs), which contain performance and payment adjustment information, are now available.

Time is of the essence! There are now less than 90 days left in 2017. If you are a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinician this year, do you know what you are going to do to avoid the negative four percent payment adjustment?

This October, Quality Insights, as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare —is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week.

It’s not too late to participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—one of the two tracks in the Quality Payment Program. The transition year of MIPS has been underway since January 1, 2017 and runs until December 31, 2017.

The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for 2017 is now available on the Quality Payment Program website

A fourth course has been added to the curriculum for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) where learners gain knowledge and insight about the QPP while earning valuable continuing education credit.

On July 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed an email update with an explanation for its special status calculation for the Quality Payment Program. The message incorrectly stated that clinicians considered to have "special status" would be exempt from the Quality Payment Program.

All Doctors of Medicine or Osteopathy (MD or DO), Doctors of Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine (DDS or DMD), Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Doctors of Optometry (OD) and Chiropractors who have never successfully attested to Meaningful Use prior to 2017 must submit a one-time hardship exception application prior to October 1, 2017 to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment if the clinician is transitioning to MIPS and intends to report Advancing Care Information measures in 2017. 
 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced new information on its Quality Payment Program (QPP) website that indicates whether clinicians have "special status" and can therefore be considered exempt from the QPP.
 

A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment is now available through the MLN Learning Management System. Learners will receive information on:
  • The Improvement Activities performance category requirements, and how this category fits into the larger Quality Payment Program
  • The steps you need to take to report Improvement Activities data to CMS
  • The basics about scoring of the Improvement Activities performance category

Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018.

If you are unsure about whether you and/or the clinicians in your practice need to submit data to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), use the newly released NPI Look-up Tool to find out.
 

On April 26, 2017 CMS posted a resource for the Improvement Activity category that lists each improvement activity, tells you how the activity will be validated, and lists the documentation that is required.

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