Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your data.
- March 16 at 8 pm Eastern time for group reporting via the CMS web interface
- March 31 for all other MIPSreporting, including via cms.gov
Now is the time to act. Here are the top 10 things you need to do and know if you are an eligible clinician. This list focuses on reporting via the qpp.cms.gov data submission feature, not on group reporting on via the CMS Web Interface and not on individual reporting on Quality measures via claims submission data.
Note: If you’re not sure if you are required to report for MIPS, enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI) in the MIPS Lookup Tool to find out whether you need to report. Additionally, if you know you are in a MIPS APM or Advanced APM, you can use the APM Lookup Tool.
- For step-by-step instructions on how to submit MIPS data, check out this video and fact sheet. This video is the best way to see how data are entered and then displayed for you. It was developed by CMS and is very clear to follow. Remember – you must have an EIDM user account (user name and password) to enter data. This video will tell you about that too!
- Visit qpp.cms.gov and click on the “Sign-In” tab to use the data submission feature.
- Check that your data are ready to submit. You can submit data for the Quality, Improvement Activities, and Advancing Care Information performance categories.
- Have your CMS Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials ready, or get an EIDM account if you don’t have one. An EIDM account gives you a single ID to use across multiple CMS systems.
- Sign in to the Quality Payment Program data submission feature using your EIDM account. If you are depending on your EMR vendor or a registry to enter Quality and/or Advancing Care Information data for you, you should see what they have sent when you sign on. If you do NOT see anything, CALL YOUR VENDOR or REGISTRY! If you’ve been submitting quality data via 2017 claims and G-codes, you should see your claims data summarized and compared to national benchmarks (if such benchmarks exist for your selected measures).
- Begin submitting your data early. This will give you time to familiarize yourself with the data submission feature and prepare your data.
- The data submission feature will recognize you and connect your NPI to associated Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs).
- Group practices:
- A practice can report as a group or individually for each eligible clinician in the practice. You can switch from group to individual reporting, or vice versa, at any time.
- The data submission feature will save all the data you enter for both individual eligible clinicians and a group, and CMS will use the data that results in a higher final score to calculate an individual MIPS-eligible clinician’s payment adjustment.
- You can update your data up to the March 31 deadline. The data submission feature doesn’t have a “save” or “submit” button. Instead, it automatically updates as you enter data. You’ll see your initial scores by performance category, indicating that CMS has received your data. If your file doesn’t upload, you’ll get a message noting that issue.
- You can submit data as often as you like. The data submission feature will help you identify any underperforming measures and any issues with your data. Starting your data entry early gives you time to resolve performance and data issues before the March 31 deadline.
Several changes have been made for Year 2 of the QPP – 2018. You can read about them here
We’ll cover more of this in the next Special MIPS Newsletter.