MIPS 2020 Deadline

COVID-19 pandemic prompts CMS to postpone MIPS deadline, grant exclusions

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Doctors of optometry participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will get a reprieve from some Quality Payment Program (QPP) deadlines and requirements to help facilitate the health care system's response to the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced March 22 that the 2019 MIPS data submission deadline will be extended 30 days to April 30, 2020. Doctors who already submitted MIPS data or those submitting before April 30 will be scored and receive a MIPS payment adjustment based on submitted data. Consequently, doctors wishing to submit data and be scored can take advantage of AOA resources and guidance on MIPS participation

Additionally, any MIPS eligible clinicians who have not submitted any data by April 30, 2020, will qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy and will not be penalized (doctors will receive a neutral payment adjustment) for the 2021 MIPS payment year.

This latest decision to extend MIPS deadlines and requirements comes after the AOA sought an extension from CMS on March 16. The CMS notes it continues to evaluate options for providing relief around participation and data submission for 2020.

How to report

Doctors can attest through AOA MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare) or by using the QPP website. Specifically, practices choosing to report through AOA MORE must complete the attestation steps within AOA MORE by 5 p.m. ET, so their data can be submitted and meet CMS' 8 p.m. ET deadline on April 30. Doctors should confirm their participation status to determine if they are required to submit data.

To aid doctors and their staff members, AOA MORE is offering resources that will enable them to efficiently and successfully submit their data (six quality measures, improvement activities and promoting interoperability measures). Properly submitting the data protects members' Medicare reimbursements against penalties. AOA MORE resources include:

  • The web portal is tentatively slated to open March 11: Via the AOA MORE attestation portal, doctors and staff can log in and begin the process of submitting their data to CMS.
  • Informative webinar conducted conveniently during office hours on navigating the complex process:

March 26, 11 a.m. CT

Click one of the links above to register for a webinar, which is encouraged.

Note that AOA MORE does not automatically submit a practice's data to CMS. You must log in and complete the steps described in the webinar link above to provide AOA permission to submit your 2019 MIPS data to CMS.

New for 2019 data submission

  • For the first time, providers will be required to declare a filing status:
  • Eligible (required to report).
  • Opt-in eligible as an individual or group:
  • You agree during attestation that your data will be reviewed and scored, which would subject you to payment penalties or payment bonuses.
  • Voluntary report as an individual or group:
  • You will be scored but not at risk for penalties or bonuses.

March 25, 2020

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