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CMS is Soliciting Stakeholder Recommendations for Potential Consideration of New Specialty Measure Sets and/or Revisions to the Existing Specialty Measure Sets for the 2019 Program Year of MIPS


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting recommendations from stakeholders for potential consideration of new specialty measure sets and/or revisions to existing specialty measure sets for program year 2019 of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

Recommendations for new specialty sets or revisions to the 2018 specialty sets should be made based on the established 2018 quality measures. The CY 2018 quality measure specifications can be found here.
In addition, recommendations will be accepted based on potential new MIPS measures that are being considered for implementation in the 2018 program year. These measures can be found in the List of Measures under Consideration for December 1, 2017 under the list for MIPS.

The current 2018 specialty measure sets are located in the Appendix measure tables of the CY 2018 Quality Payment Program final rule with comment period.
As established in the CY 2018 Quality Payment Program final rule, specialty measure sets currently exist for the following specialties:
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Electrophysiology Cardiac Specialist (a subspecialty of Cardiology)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Hospitalists
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgical
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery
Each recommendation must include the following in order to be considered:
  • The quality measure ID
  • Measure title
  • Supporting rationale and/or documentation that would support inclusion or exclusion of the current quality measure(s) from existing specialty sets or inclusion in new specialty sets.
Submissions of recommendations for a new specialty measure set and/or revisions to the current 2018 specialty measure sets should be sent to the PIMMS Quality Measures Support mailbox at

Submissions of recommendations will be accepted from stakeholders up until Close of Business on Friday, February 9th, 2018.

All recommendations submitted by the aforementioned deadline will be considered and assessed for possible inclusion in rule making for the 2019 calendar year of the Quality Payment Program.

Note: Submissions of recommendations for new specialty measure sets and/or revisions to the current 2018 specialty measure sets, does not guarantee that the recommendation will be accepted, proposed, or finalized during rule making for the 2019 calendar year of the Quality Payment Program. Determinations as to whether recommendations are accepted will not be communicated with stakeholders directly since they are being considered for the 2019 program year, but will be made evident through publications of the CY 2019 Quality Payment Program proposed and final rule.