January 2019 Fast Facts

Happy New Year! Ready for 2019?

Check out all the 2019 Resources to help you be successful this year. Simply go to the CMS QPP Resource Library to find the 2019 Final Rule and learn more. We also encourage you to scroll down on this page and utilize the filter tool by performance year to find fact sheets, user guides, measure specification criteria and other information as you navigate through this program. Have more questions or need support? Please reach out by clicking QPP Help and Support to get connect to the right support for you!

Snapshot of 2018 Qualifying APM Participant and MIPS APMs Data
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on calculations from the third snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The third snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1 and August 31, 2018. As a reminder, the tool includes 2018 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and MIPS APM status.  For those in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, a fourth snapshot date, December 31, will apply to you. It’s used for determining which eligible clinicians are participating in a MIPS APM for purposes of the APM scoring standard.
Note: If you are in participating in a MIPS APM (and do not qualify as a QP or Partial QP), you will most likely need to participate in MIPS, but will be subject to the APM Scoring Standard.
To learn more about how CMS determines QP and MIPS APM status for each snapshot, please view the QP Methodology Fact Sheet.

Year 2 Data Submission Period is Open!
The QPP data submission period for Year 2 (2018) began on January 2, 2019. You can log-in to the QPP website to upload data files and attest for Improvement Activities and/or Promoting Interoperability. Data may be added and submitted by April 2, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. CST to receive credit.  * Please check with registries for specific submission deadline dates*

The Colorado QPP Office Hours webinar will focus on 2018 MIPS Data submission, please register using the link provided below under upcoming events to learn more!

When is CMS Web Interface Submission Period?
If you are submitting data through the CMS Web Interface, your submission period is January 22nd, 2019 – March 22nd, 2019. Click here to watch a YouTube on how to submit your data successfully!

New QPP Log-In System Replaces EIDM 
CMS is creating a one-stop shop for clinicians and practices looking to manage their data from one location. Going forward, users will manage their reporting access; including user IDs and passwords, directly through the QPP website.
•    Current users will log-in using your regular EIDM credentials.
•    New users will create their account from the QPP log-in page by clicking on the "Register" link. This will direct new users to CMS' new secure identity management portal - the HCQIS Access Roles and Profile (HARP) system.

More information for creating a new account is available in the QPP Access User Guide.

Upcoming Events

January 22nd, 2019; Noon to 1pm MST
Colorado QPP Coalition Office Hours: Please join us for our January webinar to learn about 2018 MIPS Data Submission and Reporting guidance. Our speaker this month is Lauren O’Kipney with CORHIO. We will spend the first 30-40 minutes providing information on how to successfully report for the 2018 QPP performance period, and save plenty of time for open discussion, questions and comments. Register Now 

February 13; Noon to 1 p.m., CT
Telligen QPP: Developing Provider Collaborative Care Agreements
Please join Telligen's guest speaker, MGMA's Pamela Ballou-Nelson, as she outlines a framework for better communication and safer transitions of care between primary care and specialty providers. Register Now