February 03, 2022

CMS Releases Preliminary 2020 QPP Performance Results

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its preliminary analysis of Quality Payment Program (QPP) participation for the 2020 performance year. The analysis reveals:

  • 89.11% of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians engaged in QPP.
  • The mean score for MIPS eligible clinicians rose from 85.63 in 2019 to 89.41 in 2020, while the median score rose from 92.31 in 2019 to 96.82.
  • Overall, MIPS engagement declined from 869,899 clinicians in 2019 to 831,885 clinicians in 2020.
  • MIPS Alternative Payment Model (APM) participation decreased from 416,201 clinicians in 2019 to 398,719 clinicians in 2020.
  • 91% of eligible clinicians received a positive payment adjustment in 2020, with 80.56% of clinicians receiving an exceptional payment adjustment.
  • The number of Qualifying APM Participants (QPs) rose from 195,564 clinicians in 2019 to 237,315 in 2020.

CMS will release its final analysis of 2020 performance in the coming months. For questions about QPP performance, please contact Zach Smith, American College of Radiology® Quality Programs Specialist.