Quality Reporting Programs

Explore information on some of the new federal quality reporting programs. For questions on the new policy-based reporting programs, contact CMS QualityNet Help Desk at 866-288-8912 or qnetsupport@hcqis.org.

MACRA

Beginning in 2017, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) became in effect. The MACRA combines existing quality reporting programs into one new system and allows providers to choose from two payment paths, including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

MIPS is a new program that combines the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use (MU), and the Value Based Modifier (VBM) into one single program in which eligible professionals will be measured on quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement, and meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

APMs include payment models that incentivize providers on quality, outcomes, and cost containment. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Homes, and bundled payment models are some examples of APMs.

Please visit the MACRA page for more information.