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Should You Preview Your Quality Data Before It’s Publication After March 25, 2021?

Empowering beneficiary choices through continued access to information on physicians’ servicesis one of the primary objectives of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015[1]. In pursuit of this objective, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does an annual release of quality performance information for providers and groups to give patients more transparency into the quality of their providers and any providers they are considering for future care.

Prior to the public release of this quality performance information starting after March 25, 2021 on the CMS Care Compare website, CMS has provided a preview period for providers and groups to review their individual and group performance information that will soon be publicly released. This preview period is intended to provide providers and groups the ability to scrutinize any information that may be incorrect with CMS before the information is released to the public.

Those interested in previewing the performance information before it is publicly released should log into the Quality Payment Program (QPP) portal at https://qpp.cms.gov/login. Once they have logged into the portal, they should select ‘Doctors & Clinicians Preview’ along the left menu. Once in the preview section of the QPP portal, individuals can choose to look at both individual and practice level performance information.

Individual providers will notice that specific scoring is included in the performance information that is being released based on the quality program they participated in during the 2019 performance year.  For example, Dr. Daffy Duck will see that her group’s MIPS scoring information is displayed for her since the practice reported under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program in 2019 as a group. For example, after March 25, 2021, patients that look up Dr. Daffy Duck will see that she scored a total of 65.7 MIPS points out of 100 in 2019.

If a practice that reported MIPS in 2019 is looked up in the preview section of the QPP portal, they will be able to see quality measures, improvement activities the practice completed, and specific measure level scoring information. Under the MIPS Quality performance section, practices can see the number of stars they will receive out of 5 possible for measures they were scored on during the 2019 performance period. Under improvement activities, the activities the practice completed in 2019 will be listed and described to show specific improvement priorities the practice carried out in 2019.

If you are a practice or a clinician, you are encouraged to either personally log in to review the information that will be publicly displayed after March 25, 2021 on the CMS Care Compare website or have a representative log in to review your data. Ensuring that all information that will be publicly displayed is true and accurate is critical for the interest of individual clinicians and group practices.


[1] Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, 42 USC 1305, 114th Cong. (2015). https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2/text, SEC. 104.

About the author

Molly Minehan is ReportingMD’s Director of Client Services and Innovation

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