Surprise Changes to QPP for 2021

Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, on August 3rd CMS released a rule proposing changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The previously-announced MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) have been postponed and replaced by a new APM Performance Pathway (APP) reporting option in 2021 to align with the MVP framework. As part of the APP introduction, the agency will also be sunsetting the CMS Web Interface as a collection type for groups and virtual groups beginning with the 2021 performance period. The APP, like an MVP, would be composed of a fixed set of measures for each performance category. You can see specifics on pages 15 and 16 of the Fact Sheet.

How This Affects Vendors

For the performance year 2021, CMS is proposing to end the Web Interface as a reporting option. (Note that the Web Interface is a data submission mechanism for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and groups of 25 or more clinicians). Don’t confuse the Web Interface with manually uploading quality data via the QPP website.

Customers who, in prior years manually uploaded QRDA III files will be able to continu