The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the reporting portal for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) on January 2. The deadline to submit your 2017 performance data is March 31, 2018. The portal provides one-stop shopping, allowing users to enter performance scores for all three categories of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
The new portal offers several benefits. In addition to being comprehensive, CMS reveals real-time scoring, as well as the ability to “pause” and return to the portal to update data at any time. There is no “save” button to press; the portal automatically retains all information. Users can submit data as often as they’d like. Finally, participants can manually upload a file generated from their electronic health record (EHR) system, a particularly appealing option for those practices that are concerned about the inability of their EHR vendor to accomplish the task of submitting the data on their behalf.
You must have an Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account and credentials to sign-in and submit data; this is the same account that you have used for previous reporting programs such as the Physician Quality Reporting System. The portal allows submission for a practice as a group – or for each individual eligible clinician within a practice.
The link to the portal can be found here.
Elizabeth Woodcock is the founder and principal of Woodcock & Associates. She has focused on medical practice operations and revenue cycle management for more than 25 years. She has led educational sessions for a multitude of national professional associations and specialty societies, and consulted for clients as diverse as a solo orthopaedic surgeon in rural Georgia to the Mayo Clinic. She is author or co-author of 17 best-selling practice management books, to include Mastering Patient Flow and The Physician Billing Process: Avoiding Potholes in the Road to Getting Paid. Elizabeth is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Certified Professional Coder. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, she completed a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University.
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