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  • MIPS 2018—Nuts and Bolts: Performance Period

    Written By: Rebecca Hancock, Flora Lum, MD, Chris McDonagh, Cherie McNett, Jessica Peterson, MD, MPH, and Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS

    This content was excerpted from EyeNet’s MIPS 2018; also see the Academy’s MIPS hub page


    Your score for a measure or an improvement activity will depend on how you perform over a performance period. The performance period must take place between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018, and its length depends on the performance category:

    • Quality: 12 months (full calendar year)
    • Promoting interoperability (formerly ACI): 90 consecutive days or longer (up to the full calendar year)
    • Improvement activities: 90 consecutive days or longer (up to the full calendar year)
    • Cost: 12 months (full calendar year)

    You don’t have to tackle promoting interoperability (formerly ACI) and improvement activities at the same time. For example, you could pick a June-August performance period for performing promoting interoperability measures and a September-November performance period for improvement activities—but you would need to perform all your promoting interoperability measures within that June-August time frame and all your improvement activities within that September-November time frame, though they could also extend beyond that period (see You must perform improvement activities for at least 90 days).

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