Last week, APMA submitted comments to both CMS and the Department of Labor (DOL). In both comments, APMA explicitly asked for additional regulatory relief, given the national public health crisis.
DOL Letter: APMA requested that US Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia use his authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to exempt small businesses and health-care providers from providing paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave and include podiatric offices and waive any application requirements and other criteria.
CMS Letter: APMA requested that CMS extend additional flexibility to the 2019 MIPS performance period reporting, and not penalize any clinician who reported or partially reported for the MIPS 2019 performance year, prior to the CMS announcement. Additionally, APMA requested that CMS shorten the MIPS 2020 performance year data collection to only six months.
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