• MIPS 2020—Quality Scoring: Some Benchmarks Are “Flat”

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    New for 2020: CMS introduced “flat” benchmarks. CMS has applied flat benchmarks to two measures:

    What is a flat benchmark? Most benchmarks are based on historic performance rates. By contrast, flat benchmarks are based on a simple formula.

    For measure 1, a performance rate of 10% or less earns you 10 achievement points; a performance rate of 10.01%- 20% earns you 9 achievement points, etc. (Measure 1 is an inverse measure, meaning that a lower performance rate represents a superior performance.)

    For measure 236, a performance rate of at least 90% earns you 10 achievement points; a performance rate of 80%- 89.9% earns you 9 achievement points, etc.

    Why did CMS introduce flat benchmarks? CMS was con­cerned that using the standard performance-based bench­marks for measures 1 and 236 may have motivated clinicians to reduce blood sugar or blood pressure to levels that might be too low for patients with certain medical conditions.

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