The MIPS Improvement Activities performance category rewards eligible clinicians (ECs) and groups for engaging in clinical practice improvement activities such as care coordination, beneficiary engagement, and patient safety. Improvement Activities account for 15% of the total MIPS score in performance year 2022. Most anesthesiologists and their groups will attest to the MIPS Improvement Activities category via a Qualified Registry, a Qualified Clinical Data Registry, or though the Quality Payment Program website.
CMS has finalized a list of more than 100 activities for the 2022 performance year. AQI NACOR supports attestation for 59 anesthesia-related improvement activities. The list of MIPS Improvement Activities and their data validation requirements are available via the Quality Payment Program Resource Library.
Each individual improvement activity is assigned a weight of either medium or high. Medium weighted activities receive 10 points and high weighted activities receive 20 points. To receive full credit for the performance category, eligible clinicians and groups must receive a score of 40 points. Small practices, rural practices, practices located in geographic health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), and non-patient facing MIPS eligible clinicians will have their medium weighted activities count for 20 points and their high weighted activities count for 40 points. They will still be required to reach 40 points to receive full credit for this component.
For groups, CMS requires 50% of the group’s National Provider Identifier (NPI) clinicians to perform the same improvement activity during any continuous 90-day period within the same performance year.
Eligible clinicians and groups are subject to auditing from their data/registry vendor or CMS for up to six years AFTER the performance year. Eligible clinicians and their groups should retain documentation of their improvement activity performance.