The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) is offering multiple flexibilities to provide relief to clinicians responding to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to extending the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission deadline to April 30, 2020 at 8 PM ET, the MIPS automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy will apply to MIPS-eligible clinicians who do not submit their MIPS data by the April 30 deadline.
A MIPS-eligible clinician who does not submit any MIPS data by April 30, 2020 won’t need to take any additional action to qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy. Eligible clinicians will be automatically identified and will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year. Check the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Participation Status Tool to see if the policy has automatically been applied.
CMS is also reopening the MIPS extreme and uncontrollable circumstances application for individuals, groups, and virtual groups. Those who should submit an application include:
- Individual clinicians who started, but are unable to complete, their data submission
- Groups that started, but are unable to complete, their data submission
- Virtual groups that are unable to start or complete their data submission
An application submitted between April 3 and April 30, 2020, citing COVID-19, will override any previous data submission.
For more information, review the Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet. If you have questions, contact the Quality Payment Program at 1.866.288.8292, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET or by email at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.
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