CMS Updates QPP Resources

October 30, 2018


QPP Resource Library

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has uploaded a number of new resources to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Resource Library.

2018 Quality Benchmarks

When a clinician or group submits measures for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality Performance Category, each measure is assessed against its benchmark to determine how many points the measure earns. In program year 2018, a clinician or group can receive anywhere from three to 10 points for each MIPS measure (not including any bonus points) that meets the data completeness standards and case minimum requirements through benchmarks. CMS has posted 2018 quality benchmarks and a factsheet on quality benchmarks to their resource library.

 CMS Web Interface Sampling Methodology

This document explains the sampling methodology for the 15 clinical quality measures reported via the CMS Web Interface. This guidance applies to all Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Next Generation ACO Model, and all groups participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that elected and registered to report as a group utilizing the CMS Web Interface.

CMS Implementation Guide for Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category III

This guide contains information on the standard document formatting or the exchange of electronic clinical quality measure data for the 2019 Performance Period.


QPP Web-based Training Courses

CMS has also recently updated QPP web-based training courses.


For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459,

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