CMS Grants Neutral Payment Adjustment for 2019 MIPS Data; Announces 2020 Performance Info
Although the data submission period for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment system (MIPS) closed on April 30, 2020, MIPS eligible clinicians who were not able to submit any 2019 MIPS data by this date will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year, CMS says. Additionally, CMS has announced registration details for the MIPS 2020 quality performance period.
CMS says it decided to grant the neutral payment adjustment to allow the healthcare delivery system to focus on the unprecedented 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). (For information about the effect of COVID-19 on participation in the Quality Payment Program, see the QPP COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet and subscribe to QPP updates.) For those who were ableto submit 2019 MIPS data, preliminary performance feedback is available for review via one’s HARP account, with the final score and feedback available in July 2020. Of note: The performance feedback available now could change by July based on:
• All-cause readmission measure for the quality performance category
• Claims measures to include the 60-day run out period
• CAHPS for MIPS Survey results
• Reweighting, based on COVID-19 extreme and uncontrollable circumstances applications (submitted in April)
• Quality and cost performance category scores from facility-based measurement
• Improvement study participation and results
• Creation of performance period benchmarks for Quality measures that didn’t have a historical benchmark
Regarding the registration details for the MIPS 2020 quality performance period, if one’s group or virtual group submitted data for the Quality performance category via the CMS Web Interface for the 2019 performance period, they’ll automatically be registered for the 2020 performance period unless they’ve cancelled their registration. Also, if one’s group or virtual group registered to administer the CAHPS for MIPS Survey for the 2019 Quality performance period, they’ll need to register again to administer the CAHPS for MIPS Survey for the 2020 Quality performance period. To register:
• Sign Into QPP: (https://qpp.cms.gov/user/manage-access)
• Go to the Manage Access page
• Click “Edit Registration” by 8:00 p.m. EDT on June 30, 2020.
Finally, the Security Official role is required to register one’s organization. For additional information, visit https://qpp.cms.gov/mips/how-to-register-for-CMS-WI-and-CAHPS.
For questions on any of the above information, contact the Quality Payment Program at (866) 288-8292 or at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov.
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