CMS Opens Data Submission Site for 2017 MACRA Reporting and Practice Improvement Activities

Clinicians who participated in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) established by Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) may now submit their 2017 performance data through an online system, and not to multiple websites as with past CMS programs.

The site’s submission period runs through March 31, except for groups using the CMS Web Interface, which can submit from January 22 through March 16.  Clinicians may also use this same site to attest to practice improvement activities only, while continuing their claims based MIPS quality measure submission.

“(MACRA) requires CMS to implement the Quality Payment Program, and we are committed to doing so in the least burdensome way possible,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, said in a statement. “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 said in a press release the new system is an improvement over the more burdensome reporting required by the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

For those participating in the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) track or a MIPS APM, reporting may have to wait. CMS said in an accompanying fact sheet that it’s still working on the look-up tool for participants in models like Next Generation ACO and the Medicare Shared Savings Program and anticipates releasing an updated tool later this month.

As always, ADVOCATE will keep you up to date on this and all issues impacting radiology as they become available.

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Kirk Reinitz, CPA