Urology MIPS Quality Measures and Improvement Activities – 2021

How to Select MIPS Quality Measures

Step 1 : Select At Least 1 Outcome Measure

For the MIPS Quality Performance Category, you must report at least one outcome measure. If no outcome measures are applicable to your patient population, then you must select at least one high-priority measure (see Step 2). The outcome measures you report count towards the six measure requirement for the Quality Performance Category. Reporting additional outcome measures beyond the required one will award two (2) bonus points to your Quality Performance Category Score.

Step 2 : Select Applicable High-Priority Measures

If you were able to select an outcome measure in Step 1, this step is optional. Non-outcome high-priority measures are worth one (1) bonus point for the Quality Performance Category. This makes it a smart idea to include as many outcome and/or high-priority measures as possible in your six Quality Performance Category Measures.

Step 3 : Make Sure You Have 6 Measures Selected

If you have not yet selected six measures and are aiming for a positive MIPS Payment Adjustment, select from the other recommended measures. If you report over six measures, CMS will calculate your MIPS Quality Performance Score using your top performing quality measures.


Recommended Quality Measures

Quality IdMeasure NameHigh PriorityMeasure TypeMeasure Description
021Perioperative Care: Selection of Prophylactic Antibiotic – First OR Second-Generation CephalosporinyesProcessPercentage of surgical patients aged 18 years and older undergoing procedures with the indications for a first OR second-generation cephalosporin prophylactic antibiotic who had an order for a first OR second-generation cephalosporin for antimicrobial prophylaxisView
023Perioperative Care: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis (When Indicated in ALL Patients)yesProcessPercentage of surgical patients aged 18 years and older undergoing procedures for which venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis is indicated in all patients, who had an order for Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH), Low-Dose Unfractionated Heparin (LDUH), adjusted-dose warfarin, fondaparinux or mechanical prophylaxis to be given within 24 hours prior to incision time or within 24 hours after surgery end timeView
047Advance Care PlanyesProcessPercentage of patients aged 65 years and older who have an advance care plan or surrogate decision maker documented in the medical record or documentation in the medical record that an advance care plan was discussed but the patient did not wish or was not able to name a surrogate decision maker or provide an advance care planView
048Urinary Incontinence: Assessment of Presence or Absence of Urinary Incontinence in Women Aged 65 Years and OldernoProcessPercentage of female patients aged 65 years and older who were assessed for the presence or absence of urinary incontinence within 12 monthsView
050Urinary Incontinence: Plan of Care for Urinary Incontinence in Women Aged 65 Years and OlderyesProcessPercentage of female patients aged 65 years and older with a diagnosis of urinary incontinence with a documented plan of care for urinary incontinence at least once within 12 monthsView
102Prostate Cancer: Avoidance of Overuse of Bone Scan for Staging Low Risk Prostate Cancer PatientsyesProcessPercentage of patients, regardless of age, with a diagnosis of prostate cancer at low (or very low) risk of recurrence receiving interstitial prostate brachytherapy, OR external beam radiotherapy to the prostate, OR radical prostatectomy, OR cryotherapy who did not have a bone scan performed at any time since diagnosis of prostate cancerView
110Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza ImmunizationnoProcessPercentage of patients aged 6 months and older seen for a visit between October 1 and March 31 who received an influenza immunization OR who reported previous receipt of an influenza immunizationView
113Colorectal Cancer ScreeningnoProcessPercentage of patients 50-75 years of age who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer.View
119Diabetes: Medical Attention for NephropathynoProcessThe percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes who had a nephropathy screening test or evidence of nephropathy during the measurement period.View
128Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up PlannoProcessPercentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a BMI documented during the current encounter or during the previous twelve months AND with a BMI outside of normal parameters, a follow-up plan is documented during the encounter or during the previous twelve months of the current encounter

Normal Parameters: Age 18 years and older BMI => 18.5 and < 25 kg/m2
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130Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical RecordyesProcessPercentage of visits for patients aged 18 years and older for which the eligible professional or eligible clinician attests to documenting a list of current medications using all immediate resources available on the date of the encounter. This list must include ALL known prescriptions, over-the-counters, herbals, and vitamin/mineral/dietary (nutritional) supplements AND must contain the medications' name, dosage, frequency and route of administrationView
134Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for Depression and Follow-Up PlannoeCQM/CQMPercentage of patients aged 12 years and older screened for depression on the date of the encounter using an age appropriate standardized depression screening tool AND if positive, a follow-up plan is documented on the date of the positive screenView
143Oncology: Medical and Radiation – Pain Intensity QuantifiedyesProcessPercentage of patient visits, regardless of patient age, with a diagnosis of cancer currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy in which pain intensity is quantified.View
144Oncology: Medical and Radiation – Plan of Care for Moderate to Severe PainyesProcessPercentage of patients, regardless of age, with a diagnosis of cancer currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy who report having moderate to severe pain with a plan of care to address pain documented on or before the date of the second visit with a clinicianView
145Radiology: Exposure Dose Indices or Exposure Time and Number of Images Reported for Procedures Using FluoroscopyyesProcessFinal reports for procedures using fluoroscopy that document radiation exposure indices, or exposure time and number of fluorographic images (if radiation exposure indices are not available)View
181Elder Maltreatment Screen and Follow-Up PlanyesProcessPercentage of patients aged 65 years and older with a documented elder maltreatment screen using an Elder Maltreatment Screening tool on the date of encounter AND a documented follow-up plan on the date of the positive screenView
226Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation InterventionnoProcessPercentage of patients aged 18 years and older who were screened for tobacco use one or more times within 24 months AND who received tobacco cessation intervention if identified as a tobacco user.View
236Controlling High Blood PressureyeseCQM/CQMPercentage of patients 18 - 85 years of age who had a diagnosis of hypertension overlapping the measurement period and whose most recent blood pressure was adequately controlled (< 140/90 mmHg) during the measurement period.View
238Use of High-Risk Medications in the ElderlyyesProcessPercentage of patients 65 years of age and older who were ordered high-risk medications. Two rates are submitted. 1) Percentage of patients who were ordered at least one high-risk medication 2) Percentage of patients who were ordered at least two of the same high-risk medicationView
265Biopsy Follow-UpyesProcessPercentage of new patients whose biopsy results have been reviewed and communicated to the primary care/referring physician and patientView
317Preventive Care and Screening: Screening for High Blood Pressure and Follow-Up DocumentednoProcessPercentage of patients aged 18 years and older seen during the reporting period who were screened for high blood pressure AND a recommended follow-up plan is documented based on the current blood pressure (BP) reading as indicatedView
342Pain Brought Under Control Within 48 HoursyesOutcomePatients aged 18 and older who report being uncomfortable because of pain at the initial assessment (after admission to palliative care services) who report pain was brought to a comfortable level within 48 hoursView
358Patient-Centered Surgical Risk Assessment and CommunicationyesProcessPercentage of patients who underwent a non-emergency surgery who had their personalized risks of postoperative complications assessed by their surgical team prior to surgery using a clinical data-based, patient-specific risk calculator and who received personal discussion of those risks with the surgeonView
374Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist ReportyesProcessPercentage of patients with referrals, regardless of age, for which the referring provider receives a report from the provider to whom the patient was referredView
402Tobacco Use and Help with Quitting Among AdolescentsnoProcessThe percentage of adolescents 12 to 20 years of age with a primary care visit during the measurement year for whom tobacco use status was documented and received help with quitting if identified as a tobacco userView
422Performing Cystoscopy at the Time of Hysterectomy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse to Detect Lower Urinary Tract InjuryyesProcessPercentage of patients who undergo cystoscopy to evaluate for lower urinary tract injury at the time of hysterectomy for pelvic organ prolapseView
429Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Preoperative Screening for Uterine MalignancyyesProcessPercentage of patients who are screened for uterine malignancy prior to vaginal closure or obliterative surgery for pelvic organ prolapseView
431Preventive Care and Screening: Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Screening & Brief CounselingnoProcessPercentage of patients aged 18 years and older who were screened for unhealthy alcohol use using a systematic screening method at least once within the last 24 months AND who received brief counseling if identified as an unhealthy alcohol userView
432Proportion of Patients Sustaining a Bladder Injury at the Time of any Pelvic Organ Prolapse RepairyesOutcomePercentage of patients undergoing pelvic organ prolapse repairs who sustain an injury to the bladder recognized either during or within 30 days after surgeryView
433Proportion of Patients Sustaining a Bowel Injury at the time of any Pelvic Organ Prolapse RepairyesOutcomePercentage of patients undergoing surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse that is complicated by a bowel injury at the time of index surgery that is recognized intraoperatively or within 30 days after surgeryView
434Proportion of Patients Sustaining a Ureter Injury at the Time of Pelvic Organ Prolapse RepairyesOutcomePercentage of patients undergoing pelvic organ prolapse repairs who sustain an injury to the ureter recognized either during or within 30 days after surgeryView
455Percentage of Patients Who Died from Cancer Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Last 30 Days of Life (lower score – better)yesOutcomePercentage of patients who died from cancer admitted to the ICU in the last 30 days of life.View

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How to Select MIPS Improvement Activities

Step 1 : Determine how many points are needed for successful reporting.

  • 40 points: The standard number of required points and the maximum score for this Performance Category.
  • 20 points: For small or rural practices, HPSAs, or non-patient facing clinicians/groups.
  • 0 points: Certified Patient Centered Medical Homes receive full credit. A Patient Centered Medical Home must be attested to and will not automatically be classified by CMS as such.

Step 2 : Select Improvement Activities

High-weighted activities are worth 20 points, while medium-weight activities are worth 10 points. Participants can select any combination of activities to meet the requirement.


Recommended Improvement Activities

Activity IdActivity NameActivity WeightingActivity Description
IA_EPA_1Provide 24/7 Access to MIPS Eligible Clinicians or Groups Who Have Real-Time Access to Patient's Medical RecordHighProvide 24/7 access to MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, or care teams for advice about urgent and emergent care (e.g., MIPS eligible clinician and care team access to medical record, cross-coverage with access to medical record, or protocol-driven nurse line with access to medical record)View
IA_EPA_3Collection and use of patient experience and satisfaction data on accessMediumCollection of patient experience and satisfaction data on access to care and development of an improvement plan, such as outlining steps for improving communications with patients to help understanding of urgent access needs.View
IA_EPA_4Additional improvements in access as a result of QIN/QIO TAMediumAs a result of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization technical assistance, performance of additional activities that improve access to services or improve care coordination (for example, investment of on-site diabetes educator).View
IA_EPA_5Participation in User Testing of the Quality Payment Program Website (https://qpp.cms.gov/)MediumUser participation in the Quality Payment Program website testing is an activity for eligible clinicians who have worked with CMS to provide substantive, timely, and responsive input to improve the CMS Quality Payment Program website through product user-testing that enhances system and program accessibility, readability and responsiveness as well as providing feedback for developing tools and guidance thereby allowing for a more user-friendly and accessible clinician and practice Quality Payment Program website experience.View
IA_PM_12Population empanelmentMediumEmpanel (assign responsibility for) the total population, linking each patient to a MIPS eligible clinician or group or care team.View
IA_PM_16Implementation of medication management practice improvementsMediumManage medications to maximize efficiency, effectiveness and safety that could include one or more of the following:View
IA_PM_21Advance Care PlanningMediumImplementation of practices/processes to develop advance care planning that includes: documenting the advance care plan or living will within the medical record, educating clinicians about advance care planning motivating them to address advance care planning needs of their patients, and how these needs can translate into quality improvement, educating clinicians on approaches and barriers to talking to patients about end-of-life and palliative care needs and ways to manage its documentation, as well as informing clinicians of the healthcare policy side of advance care planning.View
IA_CC_1Implementation of Use of Specialist Reports Back to Referring Clinician or Group to Close Referral LoopMediumPerformance of regular practices that include providing specialist reports back to the referring individual MIPS eligible clinician or group to close the referral loop or where the referring individual MIPS eligible clinician or group initiates regular inquiries to specialist for specialist reports which could be documented or noted in the EHR technology.View
IA_CC_2-2021Implementation of improvements that contribute to more timely communication of test resultsMediumTimely communication of test results defined as timely identification of abnormal test results with timely follow-up.View
IA_CC_7Regular training in care coordinationMediumImplementation of regular care coordination training.View
IA_CC_10Care transition documentation practice improvementsMediumIn order to receive credit for this activity, a MIPS eligible clinician must document practices/processes for care transition with documentation of how a MIPS eligible clinician or group carried out an action plan for the patient with the patient’s preferences in mind (that is, a “patient-centered” plan) during the first 30 days following a discharge. Examples of these practices/processes for care transition include: staff involved in the care transition; phone calls conducted in support of transition; accompaniments of patients to appointments or other navigation actions; home visits; patient information access to their medical records; real time communication between PCP and consulting clinicians; PCP included on specialist follow-up or transition communications.View
IA_CC_12Care coordination agreements that promote improvements in patient tracking across settingsMediumEstablish effective care coordination and active referral management that could include one or more of the following:View
IA_CC_13Practice Improvements for Bilateral Exchange of Patient InformationMediumEnsure that there is bilateral exchange of necessary patient information to guide patient care, such as Open Notes, that could include one or more of the following:View
IA_CC_14Practice Improvements that Engage Community Resources to Support Patient Health GoalsMediumDevelop pathways to neighborhood/community-based resources to support patient health goals that could include one or more of the following:View
IA_BE_3Engagement with QIN-QIO to implement self-management training programsMediumEngagement with a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, which may include participation in self-management training programs such as diabetes.View
IA_BE_4Engagement of patients through implementation of improvements in patient portalMediumTo receive credit for this activity, MIPS eligible clinicians must provide access to an enhanced patient/caregiver portal that allows users (patients or caregivers and their clinicians) to engage in bidirectional information exchange. The primary use of this portal should be clinical and not administrative. Examples of the use of such a portal include, but are not limited to: brief patient reevaluation by messaging; communication about test results and follow up; communication about medication adherence, side effects, and refills; blood pressure management for a patient with hypertension; blood sugar management for a patient with diabetes; or any relevant acute or chronic disease management.View
IA_BE_6Collection and follow-up on patient experience and satisfaction data on beneficiary engagementHighCollection and follow-up on patient experience and satisfaction data on beneficiary engagement, including development of improvement plan.View
IA_BE_12Use evidence-based decision aids to support shared decision-makingMediumUse evidence-based decision aids to support shared decision-making.View
IA_BE_13Regularly assess the patient experience of care through surveys, advisory councils and/or other mechanismsMediumRegularly assess the patient experience of care through surveys, advisory councils and/or other mechanisms.View
IA_BE_15Engagement of Patients, Family, and Caregivers in Developing a Plan of CareMediumEngage patients, family, and caregivers in developing a plan of care and prioritizing their goals for action, documented in the electronic health record (EHR) technology.View
IA_BE_16Evidenced-based techniques to promote self-management into usual careMediumIncorporate evidence-based techniques to promote self-management into usual care, using techniques such as goal setting with structured follow-up, Teach Back, action planning or motivational interviewing.View
IA_BE_21Improved Practices that Disseminate Appropriate Self-Management MaterialsMediumProvide self-management materials at an appropriate literacy level and in an appropriate language.View
IA_PSPA_1Participation in an AHRQ-listed patient safety organizationMediumParticipation in an AHRQ-listed patient safety organization.View
IA_PSPA_3Participate in IHI Training/Forum Event; National Academy of Medicine, AHRQ Team STEPPS® or Other Similar ActivityMediumFor MIPS eligible clinicians not participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV, new engagement for MOC Part IV, such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Training/Forum Event; National Academy of Medicine, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Team STEPPS®, or the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Performance in Practice Modules.View
IA_PSPA_4Administration of the AHRQ Survey of Patient Safety CultureMediumAdministration of the AHRQ Survey of Patient Safety Culture and submission of data to the comparative database (refer to AHRQ Survey of Patient Safety Culture website http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/index.html). Note: This activity may be selected once every 4 years, to avoid duplicative information given that some of the modules may change on a year by year basis but over 4 years there would be a reasonable expectation for the set of modules to have undergone substantive change, for the improvement activities performance category score.View
IA_PSPA_8Use of Patient Safety ToolsMedium

In order to receive credit for this activity, a MIPS eligible clinician must use tools that assist specialty practices in tracking specific measures that are meaningful to their practice.

Some examples of tools that could satisfy this activity are: a surgical risk calculator; evidence based protocols, such as Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols; the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guide for Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings predictive algorithms; and the opiate risk tool (ORT) or similar tool.

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IA_PSPA_9Completion of the AMA STEPS Forward programMediumCompletion of the American Medical Association’s STEPS Forward program.View
IA_PSPA_11Participation in CAHPS or other supplemental questionnaireHighParticipation in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey or other supplemental questionnaire items (e.g., Cultural Competence or Health Information Technology supplemental item sets).View
IA_PSPA_12Participation in private payer CPIAMediumParticipation in designated private payer clinical practice improvement activities.View
IA_PSPA_22CDC Training on CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic PainHighCompletion of all the modules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) course “Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids” that reviews the 2016 “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.” Note: This activity may be selected once every 4 years, to avoid duplicative information given that some of the modules may change on a year by year basis but over 4 years there would be a reasonable expectation for the set of modules to have undergone substantive change, for the improvement activities performance category score.View
IA_PSPA_23Completion of CDC Training on Antibiotic StewardshipHighCompletion of all modules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention antibiotic stewardship course. Note: This activity may be selected once every 4 years, to avoid duplicative information given that some of the modules may change on a year by year basis but over 4 years there would be a reasonable expectation for the set of modules to have undergone substantive change, for the improvement activities performance category score.View
IA_AHE_1Engagement of New Medicaid Patients and Follow-upHighSeeing new and follow-up Medicaid patients in a timely manner, including individuals dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. A timely manner is defined as within 10 business days for this activity.View

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