CMS Opens Call for Measures and Activities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the submission period of the Annual Call for Measures and Activities for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program.


As described in the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan, CMS will solicit input from stakeholders through the ongoing “Call for Measures” to fill gaps in measures by developing additional measures for MIPS with funding provided by the MACRA legislation. CMS will use the rulemaking process to update and finalize measures by November 1 each year. The Call for Measures Fact Sheet provides additional information on the process.

Submission Process Details

Through this call for Measures and Activities, CMS is soliciting measures and activities for the Quality, Advancing Care Information and Improvement Activities Performance Categories. Each Performance Category has a separate submission process.

- Measures proposed for inclusion should be submitted through JIRA (an online software used throughout the measure submission process)

- 2017 Measures Under Consideration Project runs from January 31, 2017 – June 30, 2017
Advancing Care Information
- Measures proposed for inclusion should be sent using the Advancing Care Information Submission Form to

- The submission deadline is June 30, 2017 for 2019 measures
Improvement Activities
- Activities proposed for inclusion should be sent using the Improvement Activities Submission Form to

- Recommendations submitted by February 28, 2017 will be considered for inclusion in 2018

- Recommendations submitted after February 28, 2017 will be considered for inclusion in future years

Webinar Announced

For those interested in learning more, CMS will host a webinar on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 10:30 – 12noon ET that will provide an overview of the Annual MIPS Call for Measures and Activities. Registration information is available here:


More information is also available on the CMS website. More information on MACRA can be found at the McDermottPlus MACRA Resource Center.