Summary of the flexibilities available
Clinicians significantly impacted by the public health emergency (PHE) may submit an Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Application to reweight any or all of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories.
- Those requesting relief via the application will need to provide a justification of how their practice has been significantly impacted by the public health emergency.
There are two ways MIPS eligible clinicians or groups can receive credit for this new COVID-19 Clinical Trials improvement activity added in April:
- A clinician may participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial and have those data entered into a data platform for that study.
- A clinician participating in the care of COVID-19 patients may submit clinical COVID-19 patient data to a clinical data registry for purposes of future study.
For more information
Visit the Quality Payment Program (QPP) COVID-19 Response webpage or review the COVID-19 Fact Sheet to learn more about changes to the Quality Payment Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more about the COVID-19 clinical trials improvement activity in the 2020 Improvement Activities Inventory.
Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov.