Quality Payment Program

Quality & Practice

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If not, email us at healthpolicy@aapmr.org.

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) combined existing quality reporting programs into one system. The QPP reformed Medicare Part B payments to improve care across the health care delivery system. There are 2 paths that providers can choose and use to report quality data to CMS:


ALERT: 2020 MIPS Hardship and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exemption Applications Now Available

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MIPS-eligible clinicians and groups can now apply for the 2020 Promoting Interoperability (PI) Hardship Exception or the MIPS Program Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception.

To further support clinicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment Services (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception application deadline to February 1, 2021. It's easy to apply and applications are being processed in a timely fashion. Exceptions will be available to those who meet certain criteria established by CMS. Learn more about the deadline extension. 

Tip: The 2020 application requires clinicians to provide a justification for why they should be excepted. To ensure a speedy review, applicants should specifically reference that they have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

View the 2020 Quality Payment Program Exception Applications Fact Sheet.

Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 8 pm (EST) or by e-mail at QPP@cms.hhs.gov. Those who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS Communications Assistant.

Your Academy is advocating for changes to the 2020 Reporting year as well. We will keep you informed of that progress. Email healthpolicy@aapmr.org with any questions or concerns.


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Are you in a small or rural practice?

Practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including those in rural locations, practices in health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas are a crucial part of the health care system. MACRA provides direct technical assistance to help individual MIPS eligible clinicians and small practices in these settings.

For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

 

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