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Welcome to the Qualified Entity Certification Program (QECP) for Medicare Data

The CMS Qualified Entity (QE) Program (also known as the Medicare Data Sharing for Performance Measurement Program) enables organizations to receive Medicare claims data under Parts A, B, and D for use in evaluating provider performance. Organizations approved as QEs are required to use the Medicare data to produce and publicly disseminate CMS-approved reports on provider performance. QEs are also permitted to create non-public analyses and provide or sell such analyses to authorized users. In addition, QEs may provide or sell combined data, or provide Medicare claims data alone at no cost, to certain authorized users. Under the Qualified Entity Certification Program (QECP), CMS certifies QEs to receive these data and monitors certified QEs.  

Interested in learning more? Register to be assigned a dedicated QECP program manager who will answer your questions and guide your organization through the QE application process.

If you would like more information about the program, you may download and review the QECP Operations Manual.

Follow us at @QEMedicareData for regular updates regarding the QECP program. We will tweet about new program information, upcoming webinars and conference participation, as well as links to materials from CMS, QECP partners, and certified Qualified Entities. Follow us today!​

News and Events

7/7/2016 - Updated FAQs and tip sheets (FAQ 46) released reflecting recent program changes 

7/1/2016 - Register now for the upcoming 7/8/2016 webinar discussing the permissible uses of QE data under the QE Program!  

7/1/2016 - CMS announces the release of the Final Rule to implement Section 105 of MACRA. 

6/3/2016 – 2016 Operations Manual released

1/29/2016- CMS Releases the NPRM to Implement Section 105 of MACRA 

12/16/2015- CMS announces approval of the second nationwide QE, Amino

7/10/2015- 2015 Operations Manual released

11/17/2014- HealthInsight releases its first public report including Medicare FFS data for 3 community rates!

10/2/2014- 2014 Operations Manual released

8/26/2014- Q Corp releases its first public provider performance report that includes Medicare FFS data! (Q Corp Press Release and CMS Blog)

6/17/2014- CMS certifies HCCI as the first national QE!

4/14/2014- CMS Announces its First QE CBE: NCQA!

8/6/2013- CMS announces 4 additional QEs!

7/31/2013- The Medicare Data Sharing Program was recently highlighted in two publications prepared by The Commonwealth Fund and Health Affairs Blog.

2/20/2013- QECP is on Twitter.  Follow us at @QEMedicareData.

1/7/2013- QE CBEC accepting application

11/21/2012- CMS announces the first 3 QEs! 

11/16/2012- QECP Application Process 2012/13

1/9/2012- QECP accepting applications

12/7/2011- Data Sharing rule released


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