In response to the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides relief and flexibilities for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2020.
Clinicians significantly impacted by the public health emergency may submit an Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Application to reweight any or all of the MIPS performance categories. Those requesting relief via the application will need to provide a justification of how their practice has been significantly impacted by the public health emergency.
Additionally, in April, CMS added a new activity—COVID-19 clinical trials improvement. There are two ways MIPS eligible clinicians or groups can receive credit for this new improvement activity:
- A clinician may participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial and have those data entered into a data platform for that study; or
- A clinician participating in the care of COVID-19 patients may submit clinical COVID-19 patient data to a clinical data registry for purposes of future study.
To learn more about changes to the Quality Payment Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the QPP COVID-19 Response webpage or review the COVID-19 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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