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Your MIPS toolkit

MACRA fundamentally changes how providers are paid under Medicare and establishes two payment tracks under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Providers in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track can use the year-by-year resources on this page to refine their strategy, ensure compliance, improve performance, and prepare for audits.

This toolkit will be updated as new resources are published. Make sure to bookmark this page for easy access.


2022 tools

  • Blog post: This post details CMS' mandatory electronic case reporting requirements that begin in 2022 and the steps that providers can take now to prepare.
  • 2022 QPP updates: Download this primer to learn three highlights in the final rule, what you should do in response, and how these updates will impact the program.
  • Detailed analysis: This presentation provides a guide to MPFS changes for 2022.
  • Blog post: This post includes Advisory Board's initial takeaways from the CY 2022 MPFS final rule.


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Acronym guide

Acronym Guide:

ACI: Advancing Care Information
ACO: Accountable care organization
APM: Alternative payment model
CAHPS: Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
CEHRT: Certified Electronic Health Record Technology
CMS: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
EC: Eligible clinician in the CMS Quality Payment Program under MACRA
IA: Improvement Activities
MACRA: Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015
MIPS: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System
MU: Meaningful Use
PQRS: Physician Quality Reporting System
QCDR: Qualified Clinical Data Registry
QP: Qualifying APM Participant
QPP: Quality Payment Program implemented by MACRA
VBPM: Value-Based Payment Modifier

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