MIPS Data Submission for 2021

It’s a new year and data submission is open for 2021 data. Let’s discuss best practices and how to submit data through the Quality Payment Program portal. There are links at the end that will be helpful as well. Those links are for 2020 because there have been no changes so CMS did not update the resources.

You may have submitted Quality data via your Medicare Part B claims but you will still want to submit data for your Improvement Activities and Promoting Interoperability through the QPP portal. You will not report Promoting Interoperability if you are using the exception.

You may also submit data via a registry. Each registry will have their own deadlines for submission as well as processes. Be sure to check the deadline dates and information on how to submit data through the registry.

The number one best practice is to submit sooner rather than later. The data submission window is open and will run until 8 PM EST on March 31. It’s best to submit early in case of any issues. Here is a list of best practices.

  1. Log in to a day or two before submission. Passwords are required to be changed every 60 days. Logging in early will ensure a smooth submission.
  2. Have all of your data gathered and ready.
  3. Review the videos at the links below.
  4. Contact us with any questions at any point during the process.

Following these best practices will help be sure the process is less stressful and goes without a hitch. Of course in the event of any issues you should fall back on the last one. Contact us. We will do all we can to get you through it as easily as possible.

Let’s discuss how to submit. Login to the QPP portal here. Enter your credentials. If you get locked out you will want to contact the CMS help desk at 866-288-8292. We are always here to help, however, we do not have access to unlock your account. If you have not logged into the QPP site previously register for the site here. This is another area where if you have an issue you will want to contact the CMS help desk.

Once you are logged in you will see a button to Start Reporting.


Click on Start Reporting then you will choose to either report as a group or an individual. If you have multiple clinicians you may want to report as a group. If there is only one clinician you will most likely choose to report as an individual. If you report as a group all clinicians we will receive the payment adjustment whether it be an increase, decrease, or neutral. If you have further questions about the differences in reporting as an individual or group please contact us.

EHR Reporting

If you are submitting data via your Electronic Health Record you will export a file from your EHR to be uploaded into the QPP portal. If this is the case once you click on Start Reporting there is a button to Upload a File. To report via your EHR simply click the button and upload the file. The file may contain one or all of the data needed. You will want to check your preliminary scores to be sure everything uploaded correctly.

Manual Reporting

If you have reported your Quality via claims, through a registry, or had an upload file for that category only you will create a manual data submission entry for one or both of the other two categories which require data submission.

After clicking on Start Reporting scroll down to the boxes that least each category. For the category you are reporting click on Create Manual entry then enter your data.


Registry Reporting

Each registry will have their own deadlines for submission as well as processes. Be sure to check the deadline dates and information on how to submit data through the registry.

This is a brief overview of data submission for 2021. There may be differences based on your specific situation.

At the end of this document there are links to tutorials for an overview and submitting data for each category. You should have all you need for data submission at this point. If you do have any issues or need assistance please reach out to us at

MIPS Data Submission Tutorials

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