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Research Letter
February 19, 2020

Participation and Performance of Dermatologists in the 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington
  • 2Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Department of Dermatology, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington
JAMA Dermatol. Published online February 19, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.4860

Beginning in 2017, all dermatologists providing Medicare Part B services were required to participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM).1 In MIPS, reporting of performance metrics determines a score that is used to determine a future fee adjustment. Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed physicians to avoid a negative adjustment in 2017 by submitting a single measure, future fee adjustments will be increasing and based on a score threshold. Amid the shift toward value-based care, it is important to understand MIPS participation and performance by dermatologists, including those who would benefit from resources to enhance engagement and performance.

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