Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

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The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is the program that will determine Medicare payment adjustments. Using a composite performance score, eligible clinicians (ECs) may receive a payment bonus, a payment penalty or no payment adjustment.

***Now Available: 2021 MIPS Hardship and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exemption Applications

How it Works:

You report the measures and activities you collect during the performance period. CMS collects and calculates cost measures for you. The 4 performance categories are scored and make up your final MIPS score. Your final score determines the payment adjustment applied to your Medicare Part B claims. These categories are:

1: Quality

2: Improvement Activities

3: Promoting Interoperability

4: Cost

2021 MIPS: What You Need to Know to Avoid a Penalty

AAPM&R held an informative webinar on Wednesday, March 3 to review the new 2021 reporting requirements and explain how you can improve your score within each of the four performance categories. 

Members can view the webinar recording for free on our Online Learning Portal.

What are the exclusions from MIPS?

There are three exclusions of providers from MIPS eligibility:

  1. Providers participating in an APM, as defined by MACRA, are not subject to MIPS.
  2. Low Volume Threshold: Clinicians who bill less than $90,000 in Medicare beneficiaries in a designated period OR provide care for less than 200 Medicare patients a year are exempt from MIPS. CMS will conduct low-volume status determinations prior to and during the performance period using claims data. 
  3. New Medicare-enrolled Eligible Clinicians: Providers who enroll in Medicare for the first time during a performance year are exempt from MIPS until the next subsequent performance year.