Medicare releases 2020 MIPS scores

August 25, 2021

Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback, including scores and payment adjustment information, for the 2020 performance period is now available for review on the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. The 2020 MIPS scores will determine whether a physician will receive an incentive, neutral payment adjustment or a penalty for Medicare services in the 2022 payment year.

In response to advocacy from the American Medical Association (AMA) and California Medical Association (CMA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) applied an automatic Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances hardship exception and reweighted the Cost Performance Category to zero in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 final score should reflect these COVID-19 flexibilities.

MIPS eligible physicians are encouraged to review their MIPS feedback closely. If a physician believes there is an error, CMS allows appeals through a targeted review process.

You can view your current MIPS performance feedback, final score, and payment adjustment on the Quality Payment Program website.  Please note the information you see now may be changing. CMS said that it will be updating MIPS performance feedback and final scores for some clinicians for performance year 2020 and the associated MIPS payment adjustment information for payment year 2022 due to errors already identified.

Because of these expected changes CMS will also be extending the targeted review period, which usually goes through October 1. More details about what will change from the initial release, who is impacted and how this will affect MIPS payment adjustments, as well as the new targeted review period deadline are coming soon.

To learn more about the information in your performance feedback, review the following 2020 MIPS Performance Feedback Resources:  

Questions? Contact the QPP at (866) 288-8292 or QPP@cms.hhs.gov.



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