April 21, 2021

ACR Signs on to Letter Urging Greater MIPS Transparency

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) and 45 other medical specialty societies recently signed on to a stakeholder letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide greater transparency in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

The April 13 letter urges CMS to release 2018–2020 MIPS cost measure benchmark data, and ongoing to make patient attribution information available on a rolling, close to real-time basis. Without the publication of benchmarks, “…physicians cannot compare their spending to the target in the current performance period or prior periods…[nor] identify opportunities to reduce spending or best practices for providing efficient care.” The letter also emphasizes the signees’ concern with CMS’ failure to provide benchmark quality measure information.

ACR continues efforts advocating for cost measures that are attributable to radiologists.