Society Joins Others in Urging CMS to Make MVP Program Improvements

March 5, 2021
Policy Snapshot

Last week, the Society along with the American Medical Association and other national groups sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with recommendations to ensure the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP) successfully implemented.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, clinicians have had the option to opt out of MIPS since 2019. The letter urges CMS to address multiple issues within the MIPS MVP program before it is officially launched. The recommendations include reinventing MIPS to ensure MVPs fulfill their Aims, MVP scoring, and keeping MVP voluntary. The groups noted that they, “strongly oppose retiring traditional MIPS and making MVP participation mandatory. MVPs should incentivize participation by reducing the need to report for the sake of reporting in MIPS, allowing physicians to focus their quality improvement efforts in Medicare around a singular clinically relevant episode of care and patient outcome, and implementing simplified scoring policies, including multi-category credit.”

Click here to read the full letter.