#1 Deadlines

Eligible clinicians who are participating in 2018 must report their data by April 2, 2019 to be eligible for a payment increase and to avoid a payment reduction in 2020. We urge you to plan to submit your data as early as possible so that you have time to identify and correct potential problems with your submission. You can begin to report data now.

#2 EIDM/HARP Transition

You will still submit data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website at qpp.cms.gov, however, CMS has updated and streamlined the system to better serve you.  Previously, users accessed their accounts through the Enterprise Identity Data Management (EIDM) system.  As of Dec. 20, 2018, new users will create an account in the HCQIS Access Roles and Profile system (HARP).

If you already have an Enterprise Identity Data Management (EIDM) account, and have verified that you are able to sign in with your user ID and password at qpp.cms.gov, you do not need to register for HARP.  You will automatically be transitioned to HARP, and will continue to use your existing EIDM user ID and password.  If you do not have an account with qpp.cms.gov, you will need to register for HARP at qpp.cms.gov/login.  Click the Register link next to Sign In at the top of the page. Next, click Register with HARP at the bottom of the page, and you will be redirected to complete the registration process.  For more detailed instructions on registering with HARP, please refer to the following link:  2018 QPP Access User Guide.

#3 Individual or Group Reporting

If you report MIPS data with a group, your payment adjustment is based on the group’s performance. A group is defined as a set of clinicians – identified by their National Provider Identifier (NPI) – sharing a common Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), no matter the specialty or practice site. If you report MIPS data in as an individual, your payment adjustment will be based only on your performance. An individual is defined as a single NPI tied to a single TIN. A Virtual Group is a combination of two or more Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) made up of solo practitioners and groups of 10 or fewer eligible clinicians who come together “virtually” (no matter specialty or location) to participate in MIPS for a performance period of a year.

#4 Reporting Methods

There are several reporting methods to submit data for MIPS. The table below shows which methods are available for each category.

Special Considerations

  • If you are part of a MIPS APM, your quality and Improvement Activities submission will be handled through the APM. In most circumstances, you will be responsible for submitting the Promoting Interoperability category.
  • While the official CMS deadline for submission is April 2, 2019, most Registries and Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDR) will have internal deadlines.