CMS Makes Submitting QPP Data Easier

With the New Year comes a new and easier way for clinicians to submit their 2017 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance data. A new system on the QPP website (, no longer requires clinicians to submit data on multiple websites.

As data is entered into the system, you will see real-time initial scoring within each of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories based on the submissions. This scoring may change if new data is reported or quality measures that have not yet been benchmarked are used. 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.

“The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement the Quality Payment Program, and we are committed to doing so in the least burdensome way possible,” said Seema Verma, CMS Administrator. “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.”

CMS encourages you to log-in early and often to become familiar with the system. Data can be updated at any time during the submission period. Once the submission period closes on March 31, 2018, CMS will calculate your payment adjustment based on your last submission or submission update.

Contact the QPP if you need assistance with the data submission system at or toll free at 1-866-288-8292. You have until March 31, 2018 to submit data for the 2017 transition year, unless you are part of a group reporting via the CMS Web Interface.

For a fact sheet on the QPP data submission system, including more information for clinicians participating in APMs, please visit the QPP Resource Library.

Below are other new 2018 QPP Resources Available on

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) also offers a comprehensive array of resources to get you started and guide you through the various provisions of MACRA, specifically the QPP. Visit the NCMS MACRA resource page.

The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) also offer on-site help through their practice support team Visit the NC AHEC site  to apply for on-site services from your local NC AHEC team, or call 919-445-3508, or e-mail for more options.


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