Click here to view the QPP Executive Summary presentation
Colorado QPP Coalition July Fast Facts
Don’t let the June 20th release of the CMS Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule confuse you! The changes in the Proposed Rule do not effect 2017 reporting period and are proposed to begin in the second year (2018) of the QPP program. As written now, the Proposed Rule aims to simplify reporting requirements, increase low-volume threshold, change reporting periods, add virtual groups and allow for more flexibility. Comments are due by August 21st with the expected release of the QPP Final Rule for Year 2 in the fall of 2017.
For a Fact Sheet on the comparison between performance year 2017 and the 2018 proposed rule click here: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_Proposed_Rule_for_QPP_Year_2.pdf
Have you see the official Merit Based Incentive Payment Program 2017 Approved list of Qualified Clinical Data Registries? Check it out: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_2017_CMS_Approved_QCDRs.pdf
CMS released the 2017 Approved Qualified Registry list. You can review on here: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_2017_CMS_Approved_QCDRs.pdf
Wondering how to participate as a group when reporting for the 2017 Quality Payment Program under the Merit Based Incentive Payment System track? This guide will review all you need to know! https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_Group_Participation_in_MIPS_2017.pdf
Colorado QPP Coalition June Fast Facts
Have you seen the June Quality Payment Program (QPP) Updates and News Releases for the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM)tracks? Be sure to check out the QPP website for new information that is being posted frequently. This month the following guides, fact sheets and information were released:
Introduction to Group Participation in MIPS for 2017: https://qpp.cms.gov/docs/QPP_Group_Participation_in_MIPS_2017.pdf
Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Quality Payment Program:
MIPS measures for Cardiologists:
MIPS measures for Primary Care Clinicians:
Predictive Qualifying Professional Fact Sheet:
Colorado Quality Payment Program (QPP) Coalition – Five QPP Fast Facts in 5 Minutes
Question: When will I receive my letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicating clinician eligibility for the Quality Payment Program?
Answer: Currently the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are processing the production of eligibility letters. All Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) should receive the letter no later than May 31, 2017. Letters will be sent at the TIN level to the TIN representative on record, not at the individual clinician level. Specific participation status that applies to individual clinicians (National Provider Identifier or NPIs) assigned to that TIN will be included. You can access the sample letter and attachments about MIPS participation status being sent to clinician offices here. https://qpp.cms.gov/resources/education
Question: Is there information available that is specific to clinicians that are in small, rural or practices in underserved areas?
Answer: Yes, there are several resources available on the QPP Website. Please click here for a fact sheet.
In addition to the fact sheet, the following videos are also available that take around 10-15 minutes to complete.
Small, Rural, and Underserved Practices
Question: How do I choose and submit Improvement Activities for the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track?
Answer: There are approximately 94 Improvement Activities to choose from under the MIPS track. You can find a list of the activities, definitions and submission options on the QPP Website: www.qpp.cms.gov There is also a MIPS Improvement Activities Fact Sheet located on the Education and Tools tab of the QPP website.
Question: How do I register for group reporting using the CMS Web Interface?
Answer: You’ll need to complete the registration process (between April-June 2017) that notifies CMS that you are choosing this data submission option. Note: If you are a part of an Accountable Care Organization, you do not need to register to report via the CMS Web interface. You can find a CMS Web Interface Registration Guide located on the QPP website. The Registration System can be accessed at qpp.cms.gov using a valid Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account. In addition to meeting the quality performance category by reporting through the CMS Web Interface, MIPS groups can also use the system to submit the MIPS Improvement Activities and Advancing Care Information performance categories. The CMS Web Interface will open January 2018 for data submission
Question: Is there a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS ) specific to MIPS?
Answer: Yes, there is. You can find more information about the 2017 CAHPS for MIPS on the CAHPS for MIPS Fact Sheet
Texas Medical Foundation offering QPP support to Colorado practices with fewer than 15 clinicians. Click here to view a presentation introducing TMF and their support services.