CMS has announced it is now accepting Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Exception applications for clinicians and groups who have been impacted by extreme or uncontrollable circumstances in 2022 and would like to opt-out of the current reporting year. Similar to the past two years, CMS is allowing groups impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to request the reweighting of all or some of their performance categories. Groups who request and are approved for a full exception will not be required to submit reporting data and will receive a neutral (0%) Medicare adjustment in the 2024 payment year. Applications are due by 8 p.m., ET, Dec. 31, 2022. Other qualifying events are described by CMS as those that:
- 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 process, affecting your performance on cost measures and other administrative claims measures.