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New 2019 QPP Resources Available on QPP.CMS.GOV; Reminder: MIPS Virtual Group Elections for 2019 are Due on December 31; Reminder: Submit Your 2018 QPP Exception Applications by December 31

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Quality Payment Program

New 2019 QPP Resources Available on QPP.CMS.GOV

To help you prepare for the 2019 performance year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS has posted the following new resources to the Quality Payment Program Resource Library.
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Reminder: MIPS Virtual Group Elections for 2019 are Due on December 31

If you’re interested in forming a virtual group for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year, you must follow an election process and submit your election to CMS via e-mail by December 31, 2018.  To learn more about the election process and how to participate in MIPS as a virtual group in 2019, view the 2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit.

Reminder: Submit Your 2018 QPP Exception Applications by December 31

CMS would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting 2018 Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Applications for the MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category and for Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances is December 31, 2018.
Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exceptions
If you’re participating in MIPS during the 2018 performance year as an individual, group, or virtual group—or participating in a MIPS Alternative Payment Model (APM)—you can submit a Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the PI performance category, citing one of the following specified reasons for review and approval:
  • MIPS-eligible clinicians in small practices (new for 2018)
  • MIPS-eligible clinicians using decertified EHR technology (new for 2018)
  • Insufficient Internet connectivity
  • Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
  • Lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT)
An approved Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception will:
  • Reweight your PI performance category score to 0 percent of the final score
  • Reallocate the 25 percent weighting of the PI performance category to the Quality performance category
Please note that simply not using CEHRT does not qualify you for reweighting of your PI performance category. You must submit a hardship exception application by December 31, 2018 for CMS to reweight the PI performance category to 0 percent.
Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances
MIPS groups and virtual groups impacted by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances may submit a request for reweighting of the Quality, Cost, and Improvement Activities performance categories.
"Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances" are defined as rare events (highly unlikely to occur in a given year) entirely outside your control and the facility in which you practice.
These extreme and uncontrollable circumstances would cause you to be unable to collect information necessary to submit for a performance category, or to submit information that would be used to score a performance category for an extended period of time (for example, 3 months unable to collect data for the Quality performance category). In your application, you must indicate the performance categories that were subject to an extreme and uncontrollable circumstance and how the circumstance affected your group’s or virtual group’s ability to collect or submit data for the 2018 MIPS performance year.
The application for extreme and uncontrollable circumstances must be submitted by December 31, 2018 for the 2018 MIPS performance year.
Please note, if you’re participating in MIPS as an individual and are located in a CMS-designated region that has been affected by an extreme and uncontrollable event (such as FEMA-designated major disaster) during the 2018 performance year, you do not need to submit an application. You’re subject to the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy. To learn more, view this fact sheet
For More Information
  • Contact the Quality Payment Program at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292/TTY: 1-877-715-6222.

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