ASCO is pleased to announce that its Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) will be available for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting starting July 1, 2017. By using the QOPI® QCDR for MIPS reporting, practices will be able to report on one measure for one patient in 2017 to avoid any cuts to Medicare reimbursements in 2019.
Under the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP)—the new reimbursement system that MACRA authorizes—the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has been replaced with MIPS. CMS has given practices 2017 to prepare for these changes, dubbing the year as “Pick Your Pace.” To give providers time to adapt to this new system, in 2017 CMS is requiring practices to report on only ONE measure to avoid a 4% Medicare reimbursement penalty in 2019.
Starting July 1, practices will be able to express their interest in participating in the QOPI® QCDR by emailing email@example.com. Once registration is officially open, practices will be contacted regarding the necessary steps to begin their on-boarding process. After the on-boarding process is complete, practices will be able to meet their MIPS requirements by reporting on one or more of the 16 measures available in the registry. While one measure is the minimum requirement to avoid the 2019 penalty, ASCO encourages practices to report on at least four measures to become fully acquainted with the system and ensure that the CMS requirements are met. The deadline to register is October 1, 2017. (Note: Registration to use the QOPI® QCDR is free, but there is a cost of $75 per provider to submit data to CMS.)
Detailed instructions on reporting will be posted on ASCO in Action on July 1 and an email from ASCO President Bruce Johnson, MD, FASCO, will be sent to all ASCO U.S. members with this information as well. For more information on the QOPI® QCDR, please visit: http://www.instituteforquality.org/qopi/about/quality-reporting
In addition, the American Medical Association has designated the week of June 26, as “Pick Your Pace Week.” The AMA has developed a short video, called “One patient, one measure, no penalty: How to avoid a Medicare payment penalty with basic reporting,” which is accessible on its website at ama-assn.org/qpp-reporting. Physicians can also find a sample CMS-1500 claim form, links to quality measures on the CMS web site, a link to the CMS MIPS eligibility tool, and other materials.
MIPS reporting is one of the many opportunities available in the QOPI® Reporting Registry. To learn more about them and about MIPS reporting, please view the glossary that the QOPI® team has prepared. For more information on QOPI®, please visit: http://www.instituteforquality.org/quality-oncology-practice-initiative-qopi.