In a press release, CMS announced that doctors and other eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program can begin submitting their 2017 performance data using a new system on the Quality Payment Program website (qpp.cms.gov).
The Quality Payment Program has two tracks you can choose:
- Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or
- The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
The data submission system is an improvement from the former systems under the CMS legacy programs, which required clinicians to submit data on multiple websites. However, under the Quality Payment Program, we streamlined the data submission process and created one system for data submission.
• Starting on January 2, 2018 you can go to the Quality Payment Program website (qpp.cms.gov) and log into the system, submit data, and satisfy all MIPS reporting requirements. Please note that groups using the CMS Web Interface do not begin quality reporting and submission until January 22, 2018.
• Look for the new log-in button at the top of the page on qpp.cms.gov and submit your data. You have until March 31, 2018 to submit your 2017 data. CMS Web Interface users (groups with 25 or more clinicians, including APM entities) have a shorter timeframe to submit quality data, as the submission window for this method opens January 22, 2018 and closes March 16, 2018 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
“The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires CMS to implement the Quality Payment Program, and we are committed to doing so in the least burdensome way possible,” said Seema Verma, Administrator of CMS. “The new data submission system makes it easier for clinicians to meet MACRA’s reporting requirements and spend more time treating patients instead of filing paperwork.”
For more details see the FACT sheet on Submitting 2017 Transition Year Data to the Quality Payment Program