Flexibilities Announced for Quality Payment Program Participants Impacted by COVID-19

June 30, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced flexibilities for clinicians participating in the 2020 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Affected clinicians may submit an Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Application to reweight any MIPS performance categories or may apply for the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Hardship Exception.

Clinicians requesting relief will need to provide justification for how their practice has been significantly impacted by the PHE. The flexibilities fact sheet and QPP Exception Applications webpage have more information about eligibility and submission guidelines.

In other news for QPP participants, the Physician Compare 60-day Preview Period is open for physicians to preview their 2018 QPP performance information before it appears on their Physician Compare profile pages and in the Downloadable Database. Physicians can access their secured preview through the QPP website. Information on how to preview the data is available in the Physician Compare Preview Period User Guide.  

The 60-day Preview Period will close on August 20, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET.

For additional assistance, contact the QPP service center at 1-866-288-8292 or QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

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