In July 2019, CMS posted MIPS performance feedback for the 2018 performance period for all MIPS-eligible clinicians who exceeded the low-volume threshold and/or participated voluntarily. While the targeted review period is ongoing, to view your current feedback, simply log in to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website using your HCQIS Authorization Roles and Profile (HARP) credentials and review your performance feedback and final scores for all of your associated practices. If you are unsure of your HARP credentials, or still need to set up a HARP account, please see the QPP Access User Guide.
Your final score will be between 0 and 100 points, based on your performance in each of the four performance categories. You may also have received bonus points based on any special statuses for which you qualified, such as the small practice status, and the extent to which your practice’s scores improved for applicable Quality performance category measures reported during both 2017 and 2018. Your feedback also provides details on the performance of each individual clinician at your practice, as well as information on how your Cost Category score was calculated. For more information, check out the 2018 MIPS Scoring Guide as well as the CMS 2018 QPP Participation Infographic.
You can use your 2018 performance feedback and the educational materials below to help identify potential areas for improvement in subsequent MIPS performance periods. For example:
- Consult the Performance Feedback Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to see answers to common questions. Additionally, check out the free resources provided by your Technical Assistance Contractor (TAC), including Telligen’s recent webinar, “2018 MIPS Performance Feedback Reports Are Available…What Should I Do Now?
- If you received a low score in the Promoting Interoperability performance category, consider applying for a hardship exception for the current performance period. If you do not have an EHR, consider consulting free resources from your TAC, such as HSAG’s “No EHR MIPS Action Plan.”
- Remember that practices with fewer than 15 MIPS-eligible clinicians or practices in Rural Health and Health Professional Shortage Areas will earn double points for each high- or medium-weighted activity submitted. That means you only need to complete one high-weight activity or two medium-weight activities to receive full credit for the Improvement Activity category.
- If you want to make big changes to your MIPS score, consider creating a comprehensive MIPS action plan that sets goals for each of your performance categories. The American Medical Association has a MIPS Action Plan to get you started. You can also reach out to your (TAC) for individualized support. To find the right person to talk to in your region, check https://qpp.cms.gov/about/small-underserved-rural-practices.