CMS Offers 2020 COVID-19-Related MIPS Relief
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), CMS is offering multiple flexibilities to clinicians eligible to participate in the 2020 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Individual clinicians, groups and alternative payment model (APM) entities may submit a hardship exemption application requesting to opt-out of any or all of their 2020 MIPS performance categories (i.e., Quality, Cost, Improvement Activities and/or Promoting Interoperability) due to the PHE. If an application to opt-out of all four categories is approved, the clinician, group or APM will be held harmless from the -9.0% 2022 MIPS payment adjustment. Note that the submission of MIPS data to CMS will override the hardship exception application and clinicians will be scored on their submission.