How to Understand your MIPS bonus?

Did you participate in MIPS in 2020? Did you score well? If you answered yes to both, at first glance it might look like you are losing money from Medicare, but once you understand how MIPS is processed, you will see how your bonus is calculated.

SvcLr Procedure Med Unit Charges Allowed Paid Adjustment
1 97016 GP 1 27.04 9.13 7.34 -0.11 (CO- 144)

-0.07 (CO- 253)

15.26 (CO- 45)

2.65 (CO- 59)

1.83 (PR- 2)

2 97110 GP 2 88.82 45.40 36.50 -0.55 (CO- 144)

0.37 (CO- 253)

30.20 (CO- 45)

13.22 (CO- 59)

9.08 (PR- 2)

3 97530 GP 1 48.52 36.90 29.67 -0.45 (CO- 144)

0.30 (CO- 253)

11.62 (CO- 45)

7.38 (PR- 2)

Total $164.38 $91.43 $73.51 $90.87

If the above image looks both familiar and confusing, we are here to help. Included below is the glossary that Medicare sends with their payments. “CO” stands for “Contractual Obligations”. This is also known as the write off. Your write off amount is being decreased by the listed amount, and then added to your payment. The “144” after the CO specifies, “Incentive adjustment, e.g. preferred product/service.” This CO-144 is your MIPS adjustment. If the amount is negative, you are getting your positive payment adjustment. Congratulations!


  • PR: Patient Responsibility

  • OA: Other Adjustments

  • CR: Correction and Reversals

  • CO: Contractual Obligations

  • PI: Payor Initiated Reductions

144: Incentive adjustment, eg preferred product/service.

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