CMS Delays 2019 MIPS Reporting Deadline

Effective March 22, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension to the Quality Payment Program reporting deadline. The new deadline for reporting data for the 2019 performance period is April 30, 2020.

MIPS eligible clinicians and groups who have not submitted any MIPS data by April 30, 2020 will automatically qualify for the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy and will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2019 performance period. CMS is making this change in light of the challenges facing MIPS eligible clinicians and groups following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

I've submitted data for 2019, what do I do?

If you've already submitted data, your data will be scored and CMS feedback provided and the appropriate payment adjustment applied. No additional steps are necessary if all of your data for 2019 has already been submitted.

I've submitted some data, what should I do?

AAOE recommends continuing to submit the rest of your data, if possible. Data already submitted will be scored and these MIPS eligible clinicians and groups will receive a payment adjustment based on the data submitted. The automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy will not apply to MIPS eligible clinicians and groups who have submitted partial data.

I haven't submitted any data yet, what do I do?

If possible, you can continue to work to submit your data by April 30, 2020 and AAOE will submit on your behalf. If you elect to continue to report, make sure to report all of your data for the 2019 performance period to ensure that your clinicians and groups are maximizing their MIPS participation. If your clinicians and groups are comfortable with a neutral payment adjustment, you are welcome to forgo reporting for 2019 and begin working on uploading your 2020 MIPS data. Regardless of your decision, AAOE stands ready to assist you in meeting your reporting obligations under the MACRA statute.

For answers to other questions you may have regarding this change, please contact AAOE's manager of data services and government affairs, Bradley Coffey at bcoffey@aaoe.net or 317-749-0629.

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