• MIPS 2020—Quality Scoring: You Can Earn an Improvement Percent Score

    This content is excerpted from EyeNet’s MIPS 2020; also see the Academy’s MIPS hub page.


    If you score more achievement points for quality measures in 2020 than you did in 2019, you may be able to earn a quality improvement percent score.

    CMS checks whether your score for measure performance has improved. When CMS compares your 2020 performance with your 2019 performance, the agency only takes into account achievement points, not bonus points. For each of the two years, it assigns you a quality performance category achievement percent score, which it calculates by dividing your total measure achievement points by your total avail­able measure achievement points. (Note: When making its calculation, CMS sets a floor of 30% for your 2019 quality performance.)

    How CMS determines your improvement percent score. Your improvement percent score = ([your increase in quality performance category achievement percent score from 2019 to 2020] ÷ your 2019 quality performance category achieve­ment percent score) × 10. 

    The improvement percent score is capped at 10%. If you doubled your measure achievement points, you would get the maximum score of 10%.

    You can’t get a negative score. If your performance de­clined, your improvement percent score would be 0%.

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