There is “limited evidence” suggesting that physicians’ Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) scores are tied to better outcomes among surgical patients, according to a newly published study in JAMA Network Open, writes Fierce Healthcare. While researchers found a spattering of “small but clinically meaningful” associations between the physician scores and surgical complications—particularly among cardiac surgeons—their broader analysis suggests a feeble relationship between the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) physician performance measures and hospital outcomes.
- Fierce Healthcare: https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/damning-assessment-finds-few-ties-between-physicians-mips-scores-and-stronger-surgical
- Association Between the Physician Quality Score in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Hospital Performance in Hospital Compare in the First Year of the Program. JAMA Network Open. August 3, 2021