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CMS Opens 2018 MIPS Data Submission Period and Updates 2019 QPP Resource Library

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission period January 2. MIPS-eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may now begin submitting MIPS data through April 2.

Data can be submitted through multiple mechanisms, including the QPP portal on the QPP website, Medicare Part B claims, electronic health records (EHRs), Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs), and Qualified Registries. The CMS Web Interface data submission period is open January 22–March 22. If a clinician submitted Quality measures via Part B claims in Year 2 (2018), these claims for services furnished in 2018 must be processed within 60 days following the end of the 2018 performance period.

It also is important that surgeons begin preparing for Year 3 (2019) of MIPS. CMS recently updated and released new resources to help guide QPP participation in 2019. These materials can be found in the QPP Resource Library on the QPP website.

For more information, contact the American College of Surgeons Quality Affairs team by e-mail at or by phone at 202-672-1517.

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