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Quality Reporting

Quality & Practice

Meeting quality reporting requirements requires time, effort, and personnel, all for a very small financial benefit. But meeting the requirements can help avoid a significant penalty on reimbursement, which makes reporting crucial for many practices. AAPM&R provides resources, like our Registry, to help minimize the burden of quality reporting and prevent burnout.

Quality Payment Program

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by law to implement an incentive program, referred to as the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which provides for two participation tracks: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

The QPP combined existing quality reporting programs into one system, and reformed Medicare Part B payments to improve care across the healthcare delivery system. Explore the links below to learn more about the two paths that providers can choose from to report quality data to CMS, what your requirements are and how you can meet them.


If you decide to participate in MIPS, you will earn a performance-based payment adjustment through MIPS.


If you decide to take part in an Advanced APM, you may earn a Medicare incentive payment for sufficiently participating in an innovative payment model.

Are you in a small or rural practice?

Practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including those in rural locations, practices in health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas are a crucial part of the health care system. MACRA provides direct technical assistance to help individual MIPS eligible clinicians and small practices in these settings.