March 2019

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow! Hopefully it will be here soon!

The deadline to submit your 2018 performance year data is fast approaching! All data must be submitted by April 2, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST.

Data Submission

If you haven’t submitted data for the 2018 performance period, you have until April 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. CST. To upload data, or to attest, login through the QPP website using your HARP credentials.

HARP is a new system that replaced EIDM. If you had an EIDM account, CMS set up a HARP account using your EIDM credentials. If you need to set up a new account, please reference the or QPP Account Videos for assistance.

We can’t emphasize enough the importance of starting this process TODAY if you need a new account.

Once logged in, you can add or correct data anytime until the submission deadline. If you need help submitting data, refer to the Data Submission Guide, Data Submission Videos (search data submission in the QPP resource library) or contact us at 1-844-358-4021 or

If you had data submitted on your behalf by a third party (i.e. an EHR or registry), we encourage you to log in to your QPP account and verify that the data is accurate. After April 2, 2019, data can’t be resubmitted or corrected.

Upcoming CMS Webinars

CMS Webinars – Register Now!

March’s LAN: MIPS Question and Answer Town Hall Event for Solo and Small Group Practices

MIPS Data Submission for Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program Office Hours

  • CMS will host an office hours session where subject matter experts will provide an overview for submitting data for Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program. A participant question and answer session will also be included.

April LAN Webinar: Lessons Learned: How to Succeed in MIPS for Solo and Small Group Practices

Upcoming Telligen Webinars

Security Risk Assessment; More than a QPP Requirement

  • Please join Dan Friedrich, Director of the Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology, at Dakota State University and a Telligen QPP SURS partner. He will explain what goes into a good Security Risk Assessment, how to decide if you should do it yourself and what tools are available.

APM 201 Series: Moving from MIPS to an APM: What You Need to Know
Hosted by Telligen QIN QIO, Telligen SURS and COMPASS PTN

  • Session Two: Overcoming the Challenges of Transitioning to an APM – In part two of this series, we’ll explore challenges practices encounter when transitioning from the fee-for-service model to an Alternative Payment Model, or ACO. We will provide steps to help you move toward an APM in the future. We will also hear from a small practice who recently made the transition.
  • Session Three: Sharing APM Success Stories – In part three of this series, practices will share their journeys, and provide tips and strategies that helped them navigate through a successful ACO transition.

New Podcasts

On February 19, 2019, CMS launched a new podcast to highlight updates and changes to the Evaluation and Management Coding.

New episodes of the podcast will be released periodically and will feature a range of subject-matter experts, stakeholders and Administrator Verma.

The podcast will be available on iTunes and Google Play soon, but for now can be found on the CMS website.

Telligen QIN QIO Podcast, Speaking Out on the Quality Payment Program

This podcast features Q&A sessions from industry experts, dives deep into the four performance areas of QPP and provides guidance on data submission.

Each episode will cover fundamental details and provide helpful tips for 2019 program participation. Visit:

New Resources in the QPP Resource Library

The following resources were updated or added in February:

We encourage you to explore the resource library and check out all the great resources that are available.

Your Telligen Team: Dan Friedrich

Dan Friedrich, Director of the Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology, Dakota State University

We’d like to introduce our partner, Dan Friedrich. Dan is the Director of the Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology, at Dakota State University.

Dan and his team assist the SURS clinicians and practices in North and South Dakota. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with 40 years of experience in information assurance and adult technical instruction.

Dan is based in Madison, South Dakota and is widely regarded as an expert in healthcare privacy and security issues. He has led several federally funded statewide health IT projects including the Regional Extension
Center for Health IT. He leads the South Dakota and North Dakota efforts for
Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative, and Quality Payment Program Small, Underserved and Rural Support.

March Quality Measures Tip

March 10-16 is patient safety awareness week. There are over 40 patient safety quality measures that you can report on for QPP. These include: fall risk assessment, depression and dementia screening and surgical and specialty measures.

Performing these measures can help keep your patients safe, and satisfy your QPP reporting requirements.

This material was prepared by Telligen QPP-SURS Resource Center, the Quality Payment Program for Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. HHSM-500-2017-00012C.

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