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The New CMS Quality Payment Program Data Submission System is Now Active

Wednesday, January 10, 2018  

Those participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Payment Program can now submit their 2017 performance data using the new system on the Quality Payment Program website. The 2017 submission period runs through March 31, 2018, except for groups using the CMS Web Interface—their submission period is January 22 - March 16, 2018.

After logging in, the system will connect each eligible clinician to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) associated with their National Provider Identifier (NPI). Eligible clinicians will report data either as an individual or a group. As data are entered into the system, eligible clinicians will see real-time initial scoring within each of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories based on their submissions. This scoring may change if new data are reported or quality measures that have not yet been benchmarked are used. Additionally, the performance category score will not initially take into account the user’s Alternative Payment Model (APM) status, Qualifying APM Participant (QP) status, or other special status that may apply to clinicians.

Eligible clinicians are encouraged to login early and often to familiarize themselves with the system. Data can be updated at any time during the submission period. Once the submission period closes on March 31, 2018 (with the exception of the CMS Web Interface, which ends on March 16, 2018), CMS will calculate payment adjustments based on the last submission or submission update.

Click here to learn more about data submission options, including Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs), qualified registries, attestation, or the CMS Web Interface. A CMS fact sheet on the Quality Payment Program data submission system is also available.

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