CMS Approval, New Platform Making QOPI® Participation Easier

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ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) is transforming to meet the reporting needs of its members. The approval of new reporting pathways by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with a new QOPI platform, will offer new opportunities for practices participating or wishing to participate in the fall QOPI round beginning on September 18.

Reporting for Federal Programs

A provision in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 established that clinical data registries approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can provide pathways for physicians to meet their federal quality reporting requirement. CMS has approved QOPI as such a registry for oncologists to satisfy Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures.

Starting in the fall of 2014, oncology practices registered with QOPI will have the opportunity to fulfill CMS PQRS requirements by manually or electronically submitting data through QOPI for the oncology measures group or by submitting data through QOPI via a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) reporting pathway, which offers 20 measures chosen by ASCO. Practices will be able to submit data for PQRS for 2014 through QOPI from September 18, 2014, to February 13, 2015.

Once in the QOPI platform, practices can submit their required data for PQRS measures and QOPI can send the measures to CMS on behalf of the practice. Participation in PQRS is required by all eligible providers in 2014 to avoid a 2.0% financial penalty in 2016.

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