2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Performance Results

CMS Blog (01/09/20) Verma, Seema

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2018 performance results of its Quality Payment Program (QPP), noting that 98% of eligible doctors participating in the Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS) will receive a positive payment adjustment this year. That is a five-point gain over the 2017 performance year. According to CMS, more rural and small practices also will receive positive payment adjustments in 2020, indicating progress in making MIPS practical for all clinicians. Meanwhile, 98% of clinicians earned a neutral or positive payment adjustment in 2018, up from 95% in 2017. An uptick in clinicians earning Qualifying Alternative Payment Model Participant (QP) status also was observed. CMS Administrator Seema Verma acknowledged that some clinicians will receive negative payment adjustments in 2020, and emphasized that CMS is "committed to supporting these clinicians to reduce reporting complexity and burden, encourage meaningful participation, and improve patient outcomes."

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