CMS Announces Field Testing of Cost Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, will conduct field testing in October 2018 for 13 cost measures. These measures will be considered for use in the Cost Performance Category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2020 or beyond. From October 3rd to 31st, field test reports on these measures will be available for eligible clinicians to review and provide feedback.


CMS is encouraging practices to prepare for field testing by configuring their Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account on the CMS Enterprise Portal as reports will be made available via this route. A group’s authorized representative can create an account using this guide.

Further details about field testing will be provided in the coming weeks. CMS has indicated that all questions should be directed to the QPP Service Center via telephone at 1-866-288-8292 or via email at


For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459,