Dec. 31st is coming, read how to easily avoid 4% negative payment adjustment from Medicare in 2019!

If you are a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible family physician or other clinician (check here to check eligibility: 31, 2017 is the final day to act to avoid a negative payment adjustment in the 2019 payment year!

We urge any undecided clinicians to take the “test” option--capture a minimum amount of MIPS data (for example, one quality measure or one improvement activity for any point in 2017)–-to avoid a negative payment adjustment. 

If you are a board-certified Family Physician and you don’t have an EHR to capture quality measure data, or you are currently stuck in PRIME Registry onboarding due to issues with your EHR, our PRIME Registry technology vendor, FIGmd, has provided a 2017 MIPS manual web tool for you to use. Email for more info.

In addition, CMS offers no-cost help so clinicians can be successful in the program and make the best decisions about how to participate. Please contact the Quality Payment Program at or 1-866-288-8292 to act now.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services designed the program to be flexible and minimize burden to the extent allowed under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).



Registered by July 31, 2017 to use PRIME Registry for MIPS 2017 PY reporting

The PRIME Registry can help your practice with 2017 MIPS PY reporting…but only if you registered by July 31, 2017!

In order to utilize The PRIME Registry for 2017 PY MIPS reporting, practices must have enrolled in the PRIME Registry by July 31, 2017. Completing your PRIME registration sooner will allow you more time to integrate your EHR system, review your performance data, and make any needed adjustments to maximize your MIPS participation.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT CERTAIN EHRS: For many EHRs, PRIME's technology vendor- FIGmd- will use the Registry Practice Connector data extraction tool to pull your EHR data into the registry. This tool must be installed by August 31, 2017 if your practice would like to use PRIME for 2017 MIPS reporting.

View Recent Quality Payment Program Webinar Recordings Online

Were you unable to participate in a recent Quality Payment Program webinar?

There’s good news: You can view webinar recordings, presentations, and transcripts on the CMS Quality Payment Program Events webpage.

Recent Quality Payment Program webinars include:

CMS encourages you to stay up to date on the Quality Payment Program by visiting the website regularly and subscribing to the Quality Payment Program listserv. To subscribe, visit the Quality Payment Program website and select “Subscribe to Email Updates” in the footer.


New QPP Web Page for Doctors and Other Clinicians Working in Small, Rural, or Underserved Areas

CMS has launched a new section on the Quality Payment Program website at  dedicated to doctors and other clinicians working in small or rural practices as well as those treating patients in underserved areas. This page serves as a single point of reference to help you prepare for, and actively participate in, the Quality Payment Program, especially, for those of you participating under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track. You can quickly locate contact information for the organizations providing assistance to practices through the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative using a simple interactive map. These local, experienced, community-based organizations provide hands-on training to help thousands of small practices, especially those that practice in historically under-resourced areas including rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas. The training and education resources are available nationwide and will be provided at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices. You can also review the QPP flexibilities to help reduce the participation and reporting burden on small practices for 2017.