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MIPS 2018 Components

In 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) merged its previous physician quality programs into the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS includes four components:

  • Quality, formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
  • Promoting Interoperability, formerly known as Advancing Care Information (ACI) or the Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment Program
  • Cost, formerly known as the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) program
  • Improvement Activities, a new category

These four components combine to form a MIPS Final Score that determines a MIPS eligible clinician’s Medicare Part B incentive payment.

For 2018, the MIPS final score is composed of Quality for 50 percent, Cost for 10 percent, Promoting Interoperability for 25 percent, and Improvement Activities for 15 percent.

For more information on the MIPS program, please visit the ACS Quality Payment Program Resource Center.