CMS announces relief for 2020 QPP clinicians 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services distributed the following alert on June 24…

In response to the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing 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.

– Reminder: In April, CMS added a new COVID-19 clinical trials improvement activity. There are two ways MIPS eligible clinicians or groups can receive credit for this new improvement activity: 1) A clinician may participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial and have those data entered into a data platform for that study or 2) 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.

For more information…

– Visit the QPP COVID-19 Response webpage or review the COVID-19 Fact Sheet to learn more about changes to the Quality Payment Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Review the 2020 Exception Applications Fact Sheet and QPP Exception Applications webpage for more information about submitting an Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Application.

– Read more about the COVID-19 clinical trials improvement activity in the 2020 Improvement Activities Inventory.

Contact the Quality Payment Program at 866.288.8292 or QPP@cms.hhs.gov with questions.