Improvement scoring for the Quality performance category was introduced in the second year of MIPS (2018). As the name suggests, the improvement score will be calculated by direct comparison of performance data for Quality to the previous year’s performance. In other words, if an eligible clinicians scores better in 2019 than they did in 2018, they will be rewarded for it. This blog talks about 10 things you need to know.
MACRA Final Rule 2018 was published back in Nov 2017, but the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that was signed on Feb 9th, 2018 changed certain provisions related to the Cost Category for MIPS 2018 performance year. Cost performance category would still have a 10% weight in calculation of the final MIPS score in 2018, but there are some changes related to performance improvement in the Cost category.
Beginning 2018, “Virtual Group” option will be available to individuals and small groups for MIPS reporting. Read more about the formation, reporting requirements, scoring considerations, and payment adjustment determination for the Virtual Groups.
“Scoring Improvement” bonus points for the Quality category are bonus points available in 2018 for demonstrating improvement in 2018 as compared to 2017 scores. As 2017 is the first year for MIPS, 2018 will be the first year when these bonus points will be available. Here are 10 things that you need to know about improvement bonus points in the quality category.