• MACRA Basics

    Technical Assistance Programs for the Quality Payment Program (QPP)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers several technical assistance programs to help you successfully participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Use this guide to help understand which program fits your needs.

    The QPP Help and Support offers free videos, webinars, and online, self-paced courses to help you better understand the QPP.

    Quality Payment Program Service Center

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages all eligible clinicians (ECs) to access the QPP Service Center at (866) 288-8292 or QPP@cms.hhs.gov. Practices can sign up for the QPP Listserv and monthly QPP Small Practices Newsletter on the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

    Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs)

    Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) are designed to bring together Medicare beneficiaries, physicians, and communities in data-driven initiatives that improve patient safety, make communities healthier, provide better coordinated post-hospital care, and enhance clinical quality. QIN-QIOs offer technical assistance, as well as tailored education, best practices, and tools and resources. QIN-QIOs help provide skills for transforming practices, including employing lean methodologies, assisting Medicare physicians with the transition to the QPP, and developing innovative approaches to quality improvement.

    Learn more about QIN-QIOs.

    Alternative Payment Model Learning Systems

    The goal of the Alternative Payment Model Learning System is to facilitate the sharing of information and promising practices. The learning system provides APM participants with specialized information needed to increase success in the Advanced APM track. For APMs that are not AAPMs, it helps practices to understand the special benefits of MIPS APMs. APM participants are provided information to access technical assistance by their APM.

    Learn more about APM Learning Systems.