|CMS is offering the option of obtaining a COVID Exception from reporting for MIPS for 2021, according to the following stated criteria from CMS:
|Can I Apply for an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception?
|Yes. If you believe you have been affected by an extreme and uncontrollable circumstance (such as the public health emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic), you can apply for this exception whether reporting traditional MIPS or the APM Performance Pathway (APP).
|Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances are defined as rare events entirely outside of your control and the control of the facility in which you practice. These circumstances would:
|– Cause you to be unable to collect information necessary to submit for a MIPS performance category;
|– Cause you to be unable to submit information that would be used to score a MIPS performance category for an extended period of time (for example. if you were unable to collect data for the quality performance category for 3 months), and/or,
|– Impact your normal processes, affecting your performance on cost measures and other administrative claims measures.
|In order to apply for this Exception, go to:
|– Go to the Section “Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application Window is Now Open” and hit Apply
|– Select ALL 4 program categories (Quality, Promoting Interoperability, Improvement Activities and Cost).
|If approved, you should receive an instantaneous email confirming Approval.
If you get approved, it’s one less headache for your practice in 2021!