Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has announced relief measures for providers who are bound to participate in its quality reporting programs, including the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

First, CMS is extending the deadline for submission of 2019 MIPS data from March 31, 2020, to April 30, 2020. Second, and perhaps most significantly, if no MIPS data is submitted by MIPS-eligible clinicians by the April 30 deadline, those clinicians will automatically qualify for the existing “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy” and will be guaranteed a neutral (0%) Medicare Part B payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year.

A link to the full CMS statement is available at: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting