The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging clinicians who participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to contribute to scientific research and evidence to help combat the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Clinicians such as physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others may now earn credit in the (MIPS), a performance-based track of QPP that incentivizes quality and value, for participation in a clinical trial and reporting clinical information by attesting to the new COVID-19 Clinical Trials improvement activity. The goal is to provide vital data to help drive improvement in patient care and develop innovative best practices to manage the spread of COVID-19 within communities.
In order to receive credit for the new MIPS COVID-19 Clinical Trials improvement activity, clinicians must attest that they participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial utilizing a drug or biological product to treat a patient with a COVID-19 infection and report their findings through a clinical data repository or clinical data registry for the duration of their study.
The new improvement activity provides flexibility in the type of clinical trial, which could include the traditional double-blind placebo-controlled trial, to an adaptive or pragmatic design that flexes to workflow and clinical practice. It also carries a high weight from a scoring perspective. This means that clinicians who report this activity will automatically earn half of the total credit needed to earn a maximum score in the MIPS improvement activities performance category, which counts as 15 percent of the MIPS final score.
The CMS highlighted several trials providers could join, including National Institutes of Health trials or a clinical data repository with Oracle. View the database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies currently being conducted on novel coronavirus.
For information on reporting COVID-19 clinical data or other CMS updates, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.
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