The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) MIPS Annual Call for Quality Measures is underway until May 20, 2022. The yearly CMS inquiry allows stakeholders to identify and submit candidate quality measures for consideration.
MIPS quality measures help measure or quantify health care processes, outcomes, and patient perceptions. They are used to help link CMS quality goals to healthcare outcomes.
CMS quality goals are:
Below: Performance category weights for the 2022 performance period (Courtesy Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.gov))
"As part of the MIPS quality measure selection process, stakeholders are encouraged to submit candidate measures by submitting fully tested specifications and related research and background information for CMS to review and consider."
May 20 is the cutoff to be considered for the MIPS Quality Measures List for the 2024 MIPS performance period.
Submit candidate quality measure specifications and all supporting data files to CMS using the MUC Entry/Review Information Tool (MERIT). For assistance, visit MERIT Submitter’s Quick Start Guide (PDF) for guidance on using the tool.
A Peer-Reviewed Journal template is available for additional information on the CMS Pre-Rulemaking website.
MIPS & MACRA Overview (Per 2022 Factsheet): The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) (H.R. 2, Pub.L. 114–10) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which would have resulted in a significant cut to payment rates for clinicians participating in Medicare. In response to MACRA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a federally mandated Medicare program, the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes while managing the costs of services patients receive from clinicians. Clinicians providing high value/high quality patient care are rewarded through Medicare payment increases, while clinicians not meeting performance standards have a reduction in Medicare payments. Clinicians may participate in the QPP through MIPS or MACRA.
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