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Changes to MIPS

CMS is making two updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in the Quality Payment Program. CMS is modifying the MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow clinicians who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency to submit an application and request reweighting of the MIPS performance categories for the 2019 performance year. This is an important change that allows clinicians who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and may be unable to submit their MIPS data during the current submission period, to request reweighting and potentially receive a neutral MIPS payment adjustment for the 2021 payment year. Additionally, we are adding one new Improvement Activity for the CY 2020 performance year that, if selected, would provide high-weighted credit for clinicians within the MIPS Improvement Activities performance category. Clinicians will receive credit for this Improvement Activity by participating in a clinical trial utilizing a drug or biological product to treat a patient with COVID-19 and then reporting their findings to a clinical data repository or clinical data registry. This would help contribute to a clinician’s overall MIPS final score, while providing important data to help treat patients and address the current COVID-19 pandemic.