2021 MIPS Measure #374: Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report

Measure Type High Priority Measure? Collection Type(s)
Process yes eCQM, MIPS CQM

Measure Description

Percentage of patients with referrals, regardless of age, for which the referring provider receives a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred


This measure is to be submitted a minimum of once per performance period for all patients with a referral during the performance period. This measure may be submitted by Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who perform the quality actions described in the measure for the patients for whom a referral was made during the performance period based on the services provided and the measure-specific denominator coding. The provider who refers the patient to another provider is the provider who should be held accountable for the performance of this measure. All Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible professionals or eligible clinicians reporting on this measure should note that all data for the reporting year is to be submitted by the deadline established by CMS. Therefore, all Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible professionals or eligible clinicians who refer patients towards the end of the reporting period (i.e., November – December), should request that providers to whom they referred their patients share their consult reports as soon as possible in order for those patients to be counted in the measure numerator during the measurement period. When providers to whom patients are referred communicate the consult report as soon as possible with the referring providers, it ensures that the communication loop is closed in a timely manner and that the data is included in the submission to CMS.

NOTE: Patient encounters for this measure conducted via telehealth (e.g., encounters coded with GQ, GT, 95, or POS 02 modifiers) are allowable.

Measure Submission Type:

Measure data may be submitted by individual MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, or third party intermediaries. The listed denominator criteria are used to identify the intended patient population. The numerator options included in this specification are used to submit the quality actions as allowed by the measure. The quality-data codes listed do not need to be submitted by MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, or third party intermediaries that utilize this modality for submissions; however, these codes may be submitted for those third party intermediaries that utilize Medicare Part B claims data. For more information regarding Application Programming Interface (API), please refer to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.


Number of patients, regardless of age, who were referred by one provider to another provider, and who had a visit during the measurement period

DENOMINATOR NOTE: If there are multiple referrals for a patient during the performance period, use the first referral.

*Signifies that this CPT Category I code is a non-covered service under the Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). These non-covered services should be counted in the denominator population for registrybased measures.

Denominator Criteria (Eligible Cases):

Patients regardless of age on the date of the encounter


Patient encounter during the performance period (CPT or HCPCS): 92002, 92004, 92012, 92014, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99381*, 99382*, 99383*, 99384*, 99385*, 99386*, 99387*, 99391*, 99392*, 99393*, 99394*, 99395*, 99396*, 99397*


Telehealth Modifier: GQ, GT, 95, POS 02


Patient was referred to another provider or specialist during the performance period: G9968


Number of patients with a referral, for which the referring provider received a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred

NUMERATOR NOTE: The consultant report that will fulfill the referral should be completed after the referral, and should be related to the referral for which it is attributed. If there are multiple consultant reports received by the referring provider which pertain to a particular referral, use the first consultant report to satisfy the measure.

The provider to whom the patient was referred should be the same provider that sends the report.


Referral: A request from one physician or other eligible provider to another practitioner for evaluation, treatment, or co-management of a patient’s condition. This term encompasses referral and consultation as defined by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Report: A written document prepared by the eligible clinician (and staff) to whom the patient was referred and that accounts for his or her findings, provides summary of care information about findings, diagnostics, assessments and/or plans of care, and is provided to the referring eligible clinician.

Numerator Options:

Performance Met:

Provider who referred the patient to another provider received a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred (G9969)


Performance Not Met:

Provider who referred the patient to another provider did not receive a report from the provider to whom the patient was referred (G9970)


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