CMS Quality Payment Program:
The 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission deadline will be extended by 30 days to April 30, 2020. In general, if you have already submitted MIPS data or if you submit MIPS data by April 30, 2020, you will be scored and receive a MIPS payment adjustment based on the data you submit. Many MIPS eligible clinicians have performed very well in the MIPS program in previous years. If you need to revise any data that has already been submitted you can still make changes by logging into qpp.cms.gov by the new deadline.
2019 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy Update
MIPS eligible clinicians who have not submitted any MIPS data by April 30, 2020 do not need to take any additional action to qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy. In addition, CMS has modified the application-based extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy to allow MIPS eligible clinicians who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency to submit an application and request reweighting of the MIPS performance categories for the 2019 performance year.
This is an important change that allows clinicians who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and may be unable to complete their submission of MIPS data during the current submission period, to request reweighting and potentially receive a neutral MIPS payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year.
If no MIPS eligible clinicians in an APM Entity submit data for the Promoting Interoperability (PI) or Quality performance categories due to extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, this would result in a neutral MIPS payment adjustment for MIPS eligible clinicians in the APM Entity.