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Qualis Health Launches Quality Payment Program Resource Center

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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New QPP Tools and Resources Help Washington and Idaho Clinicians Successfully Participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP)

Jessica Burkard, Quality Improvement Consultant, Qualis Health


Qualis Health, one of the nation’s leading population healthcare consulting organizations, has launched a Quality Payment Program (QPP) resource center featuring online tools and resources and a telephonic helpdesk. The resource center is a part of Qualis Health’s work funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in Washington and Idaho prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).


The QPP online resource center is designed to be a comprehensive destination for all QPP needs. It includes a variety of helpful tools and resources, quick links to important QPP websites and information, and a curated list of upcoming QPP learning events. Featured Qualis Health QPP tools include:

  • An interactive toolkit that dives into the details of the Quality Payment Program and the Medicare Merit-based Incentive System (MIPS), providing a step-by-step process for success.
  • The MIPS Minute video podcast series that features 11 brief episodes to help clinicians prepare for and understand the requirements of the QPP.
  • A MIPS calculator that estimates a practice’s MIPS final score and offers valuable information to help the practice target quality measures and improvement activities.

"This significant change in the Medicare payment system can appear to be complex, and launching our resource center is an important step in our commitment to helping practices succeed. What’s more, we are here to provide direct technical assistance for practices across Idaho and Washington,” said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health. “For eligible clinicians, it’s important to get started in the 2017 performance year, as it can have long-term impact in terms of potential incentives in future years.”

The Qualis Health QPP Resource Center is funded by CMS and is coordinated locally with the region’s leading provider associations, including the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, Washington State Hospital Association, and Washington State Medical Association, Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, Idaho Hospital Association, Idaho Medical Association.


In addition to the QPP online resource center, Qualis Health also provides practices in Washington and Idaho with customized technical assistance that includes regular office hours and webinars, monthly program updates, strategic MIPS planning and access to a QPP helpdesk.


For a full list of technical assistance offerings, and to view tools and resources, visit the QPP online resource center at www.Medicare.QualisHealth.org/QPP. To contact Qualis Health’s team of QPP experts, email QPP@qualishealth.org or call 877-560-2618.



The Quality Payment Program Reporting Period is Underway

October 2, 2017 was the last day to start your 90-day reporting period and March 31, 2018 is the deadline to attest. However, it's not too late to avoid a 4% penalty in 2019 by submitting one quality measure, one improvement activity or the base score of the Advancing Care Information Category. Qualis Health can help! We’ve helped many practices prepare for the program and learn how to avoid a penalty in 2019. It’s also no cost to you. We encourage you to contact us directly.


Online: medicare.qualishealth.org/QPP

Email: QPP@qualishealth.org

Phone: 877-560-2618



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