CMS Ending Free MIPS Technical Support Initiative for Large Practices; Small Practice Support to Continue

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2019

Help-Support-GuidanceThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced changes to its Quality Payment Program (QPP) technical assistance initiative.

Effective July 17, 2019, large practices of 16 clinicians or more will no longer be eligible for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) assistance via its Quality Innovation Networks – Quality Improvement Organizations initiative.

CMS will continue to offer free technical assistance to MIPS eligible clinicians in small practices of 15 clinicians or fewer through its Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative. It will also continue to support the transition of small practices to Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to the extent possible through its Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, until the end of the model test.

Starting July 17, CMS’ QPP Service Center will serve as the primary point of contact to help address questions and concerns for large practices. You can reach the QPP Service Center at 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or via email at

You can also find resources via the QPP website at

How Small Practices Can Get Help through the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support Initiative

Quality Insights, a not-for-profit company health care company, will continue to administer the Small, Underserved and Rural Support initiative in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Visit Quality Insights’ Support Center online at You can also e-mail or call 877-497-5065.

Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) Resources

PAMED offers these member-exclusive Quick Consult fact sheets with QPP guidance for the 2019 performance year:

PAMED members with questions can also contact our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or

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