The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to transparency, data integrity and open communication with our stakeholders. Through our ongoing quality assurance efforts, we identified and corrected an error with the decile outputs affecting the 2021 historical quality measure benchmarks file. This issue affected every measure in the benchmarks file. As a result of the correction, the range of performance rates for a given decile have shifted down one decile.

For example:

  • The range of performance rates that were previously identified for Decile 5 (eligible for 5 – 5.9 points) now show correctly as the range of performance rates for Decile 4 (eligible for 4 – 4.9 points).
  • The range of performance rates that were previously identified for Decile 8 (eligible for 8 – 8.9 points) now show correctly as the range of performance rates for Decile 7 (eligible for 7 – 7.9 points).

Third-party intermediaries, such as qualified registries and qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) that have already ingested the 2021 quality measure benchmarks through our Application Programming Interface (API), must update this information.

We realize this may affect your understanding of your current performance on your selected quality measures; however, we’re committed to ensuring that we assess clinicians accurately. We have put additional safeguards in place to prevent this issue from recurring in the future.

For Questions

Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov (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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