As QPP MIPS 2020 is approaching the end of the performance year, P3Care decided to revise the changes and flexibilities in response to COVID-19. 2020 has been tough, especially for healthcare service providers. The pandemic made the healthcare industry to work 24/7 and more than its capacity.
However, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) also offered flexibilities to assist physicians in times of emergency. The final rule 2020 accommodated many changes across the MIPS 2020 performance categories.
Reporting Flexibilities in QPP MIPS 2020
COVID-19 pandemic has affected every sector of the healthcare industry. There is no surprise there. However, the effects are no similar in every medical practice. Some practices suffered financially while some came under pressure due to a high surge of patients.
Meanwhile, during the emergency, CMS realized that physicians and MIPS Qualified Registries might not report QPP MIPS 2020 data effortlessly. The authority allowed clinicians, groups, and virtual groups to request to reweight one or more performance categories under the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy.
CMS MIPS 2020 Special Circumstances Deadline Extends
As you know, our healthcare facilities are still struggling with the extreme situation. Therefore, CMS has extended the deadline for Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances application until February 1, 2021, Monday.
Moreover, CMS also introduced a new MIPS Quality measure under Improvement Activities (IA) for the QPP MIPS 2020 reporting. Eligible clinicians can receive credit for their quality healthcare services (related to COVID-19) to improve the overall patients’ outcomes.
Overall Performance Flexibilities under QPP
For the 2021 performance year, QPP (Quality Payment Program) has released the Final Rule:
APM Entities can request for extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception to reweight QPP MIPS 2020 performance categories
Current Complex Patient Bonus is revised to account for the complex patients’ treatments during the pandemic. Moreover, Clinicians, groups, virtual groups, and APM entities can earn up to 10 bonus points in their QPP MIPS 2020 score.
We think that these steps from the CMS encourage clinicians to participate in the QPP MIPS 2020 despite the corona. It is an effort to facilitate PHE (Patient Health Examination) while considering the difficulties of affected physicians.
Technology Saves the Day
Technology has been a savior throughout the pandemic. MIPS Qualified Registries are also using technology to avoid the exposure of health security threats.