Step 1: Determine if you're eligible

Psychologists and licensed clinical social workers are eligible clinician types to receive the MIPS payment adjustment for the 2024 reporting year. 

MIPS eligibility exemptions

  1. 1
    Participation in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) Eligible clinicians who are part of an Advanced APM are exempt from MIPS reporting. Current examples of APMs are certain Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) and bundled payment models.
  2. 2
    MACRA Quality Payment Program Low-Volume Threshold
    Eligible clinicians or groups will be exempt from MIPS reporting if they bill ≤ $90,000 or provide care for ≤ 200 Medicare Part B patients or if they have ≤ 200 covered professional services. Clinicians that meet 1 or 2 (but not all 3) of these criteria may opt in to be eligible for MIPS penalties and incentives.
  3. 3
    Newly enrolled in Medicare 
    You may be required to report to MIPS if you bill Medicare Part B claims under a new practice/TIN in segment 2 of the MIPS Determination Period or join an APM Entity in later snapshots.

Step 2: Understand reporting

The MIPS payment adjustment

Much like the sunset Value-Based Payment Modifier Program (VM), MIPS determines each eligible clinicians’ payment adjustment based on how they rank versus their peers. The score used to determine the performance threshold for MIPS is called the MIPS Composite Performance Score, or the MIPS final score. This score is calculated on a scale from 0-100 and consists of the aggregated performance from the 4 MIPS performance categories.

Unlike past quality initiatives, a clinician's MIPS payment adjustment will now follow them even after they depart from the TIN they reported under. In 2022, 
the MIPS payment adjustment has reached +/-9% of your Medicare Part B charges.

Physician Compare

In addition to impacting eligible clinicians financially, MIPS performance has the potential to affect the reputation of eligible clinicians and groups. Scores will be publicly posted to Physician Compare as soon as the informal review period closes following the performance year.

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Step 3: Review performance categories


To successfully report the Quality performance category, participants must report 6 measures (1 of which is an outcome measure) over a full calendar year for at least 70% of the applicable patient visits.

Promoting Interoperability

As of 2024, clinical psychologists are no longer exempt from Promoting Interoperability.

The Promoting Interoperability performance category is updated to be more flexible, customizable, and focused on patient engagement and interoperability. To receive credit in PI, participants must attest to all base score PI measures. Full credit will only be awarded to participants who also report performance score measures in addition to base score measures.

Improvement Activities
The Improvement Activities performance category rewards eligible clinicians for participating in activities related to their patient population. Clinicians and groups can choose to participate in activities most relevant to both their practice and patient population. 


The Cost performance category score is the average performance total for the Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary (MSPB) measure, the Total per Capita Cost measure, 23 episode-based measures, and 4 chronic-care episode measures. Measures of particular interest include Depression and Psychoses and Related Conditions.

Cost is computed at a clinician group level, based on meeting minimum episode thresholds for each measure. All cost measures are automatically captured through administrative claims. 





Step 4: Start with MBHR by MIPSpro 

Under MIPS, performance matters. It's no longer enough to just report quality data. In 2024, CMS penalties will be minus-9% and incentives can reach as high as 14%. Although Medicare quality reporting is complicated, MBHR makes the reporting process easy with an intuitive system and a quality reporting team to guide you through the MIPS reporting process and to success

MBHR delivers key features to ensure your success:

Real-time dashboards

MIPS Quality, PI, IA and Cost performance categories for all specialties and measures

Adaptable to your practice

Ability to choose your reporting pace

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Integrated data

Data validation and support

Outcomes focused: Improving the quality 

and delivery of care