Did You Know? CMS Updates MIPS Exception Applications


Did you know that CMS updated the MIPS program exception applications for the 2021 reporting year? You can find more information on both of these applications on the Quality Payment Program website.

There are two exception applications available in 2021:
1. The Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception application allows you to request re-weighting for any or all performance categories if you encounter an extreme and uncontrollable circumstance or public health emergency, such as Covid-19, that is outside of your control.

2. The MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Hardship Exception application allows you to request re-weighting specifically for the Promoting Interoperability performance category.

To apply for either application, you need a HARP account. Once you sign in to your account, the exception applications are housed on the L-hand side of the navigation pane. You will be notified by email if your request was approved or denied.

If the decision is made, and you pursue and submit either hardship application, be sure that you have collected and saved practice information showing the impact and need for application submission.

Documentation might include:
· Staffing changes/impact
· Business Hour changes/impact
· Patient Load impact, appointment openings etc.
· Telemedicine impact
· Financial impact/changes
· Reports showing impact/changes

Additionally, if approved, the notification of approval and the above documentation should be saved in your 2021 audit binder for possible future audit reference.

What approach have you taken to prepare for the 2021 MIPS reporting year? Have tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.

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