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Quality Payment Program

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) combined existing quality reporting programs into one system. The QPP reformed Medicare Part B payments to improve care across the health care delivery system. There are 2 paths that providers can choose and use to report quality data to CMS:

ALERT: CMS to provide additional relief for 2019 MIPS reporting due to COVID-19

CMS will provide additional relief options for 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting due to COVID-19. Practices can submit an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances application until April 30. An application submitted between April 3 and April 30, citing COVID-19, will override any previous data submission. CMS has updated the QPP Participation Status Tool so eligible clinicians can see if the policy has been automatically applied.


Who should submit an application?

  • Individual clinicians who started, but are unable to complete, their data submission
  • Groups that started, but are unable to complete, their data submission
  • Virtual groups that are unable to start or complete their data submission

For more information, please see the Quality Payment Program COVID-19 response fact sheet.

Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 8 pm (EST) or by e-mail at QPP@cms.hhs.gov. Those who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS Communications Assistant.

Your Academy is advocating for changes to the 2020 Reporting year as well. We will keep you informed of that progress. Email healthpolicy@aapmr.org with any questions or concerns.

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Are you in a small or rural practice?

Practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including those in rural locations, practices in health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas are a crucial part of the health care system. MACRA provides direct technical assistance to help individual MIPS eligible clinicians and small practices in these settings.

For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

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