On July 8th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on the first snapshot of Alternative Payment Model (APM) data. The first snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021. The tool includes 2021 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) status and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) APM participation status.

To learn more about how CMS determines QP and the APM participation status for each snapshot, please visit the APM Determination webpage on the QPP website.

What Does QP Status Mean?

If you qualify as a QP, this means you are:

  • Eligible for the 5% APM incentive bonus;
  • Eligible for APM-specific rewards; and
  • Exempt from participating in MIPS.

How Do I Check My QP or APM Participation Status?

To view your QP or APM participation status at the individual level:

To check your 2021 eligibility at the APM entity level:

  • Log into the CMS Quality Payment Program website. Learn how by downloading the QPP Access User Guide.
  • Browse to the Taxpayer Identification Number(s) affiliated with your entity.
  • Access the details screen to view the eligibility status of every clinician based on their NPI.

Learn More

For more information on APMs, visit the QPP APM webpages. For a comprehensive list of APMs (PDF), 2021 Learning Resources for QP Status and APM Incentive Payment (ZIP), and additional materials, visit the QPP Resource Library.


For questions, contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292, available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, or via e-mail at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

  • Customers who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS Communications Assistant.

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