Quality Payment Program

Quality Payment Program

The Quality Payment Program (MIPS) support under CMS’ Quality Payment Program Support for Small, Rural and Underserved practices (QPP-SURS) has transitioned from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) to Alliant Health Solutions. Alliant Health Solutions will provide no cost technical assistance to small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians at no cost to the practices/clinicians.

Eligible participating practices may earn a positive MIPS payment adjustment for 2020 if their 2020 data is submitted by March 31, 2021. If your practice participates in an Advanced APM in 2020, you may earn a 5% incentive payment in 2021. MIPS-eligible clinicians opting to not participate will receive a 7% reduction in payment for submission year 2020.

Support for Small Practices

Practices with 15 or fewer clinicians (under one tax ID number), including those in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas are a crucial part of the health care system. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) provides direct technical assistance to help Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians participate in the Quality Payment

This initiative is comprised of local, experienced individuals that will help clinicians:

  • Select & report on appropriate measures and activities to satisfy requirements of each MIPS performance category – Quality, Improvement Activities, Advancing Care Information and Cost
  • Engage in continuous quality improvement
  • Optimize health information technology (HIT)
  • Evaluate options for joining an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM)