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CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

CMS will now offer a single site for all Quality Payment Program data submissions to streamline reporting.

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By Kate Monica

- Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now use a new system to submit 2017 performance data, CMS announced midweek

The data submission system is available on the CMS QPP website. The new system eliminates the need for eligible clinicians to log onto multiple sites to submit data and offers providers a one-stop submission portal.

Eligible clinicians can use the new system to submit 2017 performance data between Jan. 2, 2018, to March 31, 2018. The submission period for groups using the CMS Web Interface runs from Jan. 22, 2018, to March 16, 2018.  

“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 CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “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.”

After logging onto the system, eligible clinicians will be connected to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) associated with their National Provider Identifier (NPI). Eligible clinicians have the option to report performance data either as an individual or as a group.

Submission options include Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs), qualified registries, attestations, or the CMS Web Interface. Additionally, eligible clinicians can submit data through a health IT company.

“However, in the spirit of flexibility and burden reduction, eligible clinicians can generate a non-certified report in either the new Quality Payment Program file format or QRDA III file format and manually upload the file into the submission system,” stated CMS.

The system also provides a way for eligible clinicians to see real-time initial scoring within each of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories. The system quantifies scores based on provider submissions as data is being entered into the system.

“This scoring may change if new data is reported or quality measures that have not yet been benchmarked are used,” the federal agency warned. “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.”

CMS encouraged eligible clinicians to log into the system early and often to familiarize themselves with the data submission and scoring method. Eligible clinicians can update data entered into the system 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), we will calculate your payment adjustment based on your last submission or submission update,” CMS stated.

CMS also published an accompanying 2017 QPP data submission fact sheet to help eligible clinicians navigate the new submission portal. The fact sheet provides QPP participants with information about creating an account for submission, various submission tools, individual and group data submission, continuous submission, and automatic feedback and scoring.

“The system is designed to help you identify underperforming measures or highlight issues with your data,” fact sheet reads. “This will help to ensure that your data is complete and accurate in order to receive the best final score and payment adjustment.” 

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