Quality Payment Program Updates from CMS

The following are updates from the CMS email list services on the Quality Payment Program. Visit qpp.cms.gov to learn more about QPP and the modernization of Medicare through The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) which ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

The Quality Payment Program’s first performance period began on January 1, 2017 and ends on December 31, 2017. Participation in MIPS can start as early as January 1, 2017 or as late as October 2, 2017. The first payment adjustments based on performance go into effect on January 1, 2019. Subscribe to the Quality Payment Program listserv to receive reminders for all of these important deadlines. To subscribe, visit the Quality Payment Program website and select “Subscribe to Updates” at the bottom of the page or in the footer. The Resource Library includes program resources to help you learn more about the Quality Payment Program and how to participate.

Quality Payment Program Exception Decisions Due to Hurricanes
At this time, CMS is reviewing reporting requirements for the Quality Payment Program and will be making exception decisions regarding the impact of recent hurricanes. Please continue to consult the QPP website for the latest information.

MIPS Eligible Measure Applicability: New Resources Available
Learn about the Eligible Measure Applicability (EMA) analysis for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and how it affects your quality performance calculation and score:

MIPS Milestone: Begin Data Collection by October 2nd for 90 Consecutive Days of Participation
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.

Transition year (2017) Participation you can participate in one of three ways:

  • Submit data covering a full year, or
  • Submit data covering at least a consecutive 90-day period, or
  • Submit a minimum amount of data (<90 days)