CMS established an automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy for the 2017 performance period for MIPS to reduce the burden on clinicians affected by California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate.
As a part of its CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, CMS finalized that this automatic policy will extend to future years of MIPS, beginning with the 2018 MIPS performance period to reduce burdens for any MIPS eligible clinician in counties FEMA has designated as a disaster area by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and the wildfires in California. MIPS eligible clinicians in these counties will be automatically exempted from MIPS reporting for the 2018 performance period. Please note that groups and virtual groups are not eligible for this automatic exemption.
Read CMS’ fact sheet, “2018 MIPS Automatic Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy,” for more information. If you are uncertain as to whether or not you are automatically exempted under this policy for the 2018 performance period, contact the CMS QPP help desk directly at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.