Subscribers to the PQRS listserv are encouraged to sign up for the new CMS Quality Payment Program listserv to keep up-to-date on what you need to know about the new Medicare quality and reimbursement program. The Quality Payment Program is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and includes two tracks — Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
MIPS will replace three Medicare reporting programs:

  • EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use)
  • Physician Quality Reporting System
  • Value-Based Payment Modifier

The Quality Payment Program’s first performance period began on Jan. 1, 2017 and ends on Dec. 31, 2017. Participation in MIPS can start as late as Oct. 2, 2017. The first payment adjustments based on performance go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Subscribe to the Quality Payment Program listserv to receive reminders for all of these important deadlines.
To subscribe, visit the Quality Payment Program website and select “Subscribe to Updates” in the footer. The Education & Tools page includes program resources to help you learn more about eligibility and how to participate.