Field testing is now live! CMS and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, are conducting field testing of 5 episode-based cost measures from January 10 to February 25, 2022. The following episode-based cost measures are currently being field tested before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP):

  1. Emergency Medicine
  2. Heart Failure
  3. Low Back Pain
  4. Major Depressive Disorder
  5. Psychoses/Related Conditions

Clinicians and clinician groups who meet the attribution requirements for at least one of the measures will receive a Field Test Report. All stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft measure specifications through an online survey, which closes on February 25, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET. Participation is voluntary.

Access Field Test Reports

You or your clinician group can download your Field Test Report(s) via the Quality Payment Program website if you or your clinician group have at least of 20 episodes for at least one of the measures.

Field Test Reports contain information about your cost performance based on draft measure specifications. This information will be for field testing purposes only. The measurement period for these Field Test Reports is January 1 to December 31, 2019. Please refer to the Field Test Report Access User Guide available on the MACRA Feedback Page for guidance on accessing your Field Test Report.

Provide Field Testing Feedback

You may provide feedback through the online survey now through 11:59 PM ET on February 25, 2022. Additionally, all stakeholders—regardless of whether they receive a report—are invited to provide feedback on the draft measure specifications through the online survey. Please feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested in these activities.

You can reference resources on the MACRA Feedback Page to help inform your feedback, such as:

  • Draft measure specifications documentation
  • Excerpted measure-specific questions from the online survey for stakeholder input

Watch the Cost Measures Field Testing Presentation to Learn More

The Cost Measures Field Testing presentation recording is available here. The presentation provides:

  • Information about the 5 episode-based cost measures undergoing field testing
  • Project background, measure development process, and field testing activities
  • Discussion of the content of the Field Test Report how to access and interpret these reports, and information on the supplemental documentation posted on the MACRA Feedback Page

Questions?

Please contact the QPP Service Center:

  • Email: qpp@cms.hhs.gov
  • Telephone: 1-866-288-8292, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET.
    • To receive assistance more quickly, please consider calling during non-peak hours—before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m. ET.
    • Customers who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS Communications Assistant.
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