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The first quarter of 2017 has come to a close, and providers have still not received a letter from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their inclusion or exclusion in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Many providers are choosing to report regardless of if they will be included or not in the interest of not losing any time. Those who are close to the rate of billing $30,000 in allowable charges and treating over 100 Medicare patients are disappointed by the delay of this citing, and CMS cannot tell providers if they are included in the program or not when contacted directly.
Though many providers can estimate their earnings, this delay could cause anxiety for those on the cusp, wondering if they should report now or wait for their letter. The latest date you are able to begin reporting is October 2, 2017, so there is time to begin reporting once the letters are received, but most don’t want to take this chance.
One positive byproduct of this delay is the experience you can gain from reporting in limbo. If you were not planning on reporting in 2017 because you were not officially invited into the program, you can begin reporting now to become familiar with the tasks that may be required in your future. Those waiting on their letters can use this to their benefit in the future when invited to participate.
If you are not required to report in 2017, taking a break from reporting may seem like a good idea. However, you run the risk of having to re-train when invited back to reporting in future years. It is a good idea to continue reporting so the tasks are not foreign or forgotten in the future.