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MIPS 2019
MIPS 2019 Overview

2019 MIPS Performance Year Resources Members Only Content

Members can find all up-to-date information related to the 2019 MIPS performance year (January 1, 2019–December 31, 2019) on this resource page. Once the 2019 performance period ends on December 31, 2019, providers will have the first quarter of 2020 (January 1, 2020–March 31, 2020) to report and attest to the performance measures categories. As a reminder, the 2019 performance period score will impact your 2021 Medicare payments, with a positive, neutral, or negative payment adjustment.

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Quality

2019 MIPS Quality Performance Category Resources Members Only Content

Members can find all up-to-date information related to the 2019 MIPS Quality performance category on this resource page.

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Promoting Interoperability (PI)

2019 MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) Performance Category Resources Members Only Content

Members can find all up-to-date information related to the 2019 MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category on this resource page.

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Improvement Activities (IA)

2019 MIPS Improvement Activities (IA) Performance Category Resources Members Only Content

Members can find all up-to-date information related to the 2019 MIPS Improvement Activities (IA) performance category on this resource page.

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Cost

2019 MIPS Cost Performance Category Resources Members Only Content

Members can find all up-to-date information related to the 2019 MIPS Cost performance category on this resource page.

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MIPS Webinars

APMA MIPS Webinar Series Members Only Content

The APMA MIPS Webinar Series schedule for 2020. All past and future webinars will be recorded and posted. Members can find all previous MIPS webinars from 2016-2019 on this page as well.

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MIPS app

APMA MIPS App Members Only Content

APMA is excited to introduce the 2019 APMA MIPS app, an online tool to allow you to monitor your potential MIPS score throughout the year. The APMA MIPS app is a member benefit providing users with a simple step-by-step approach to understand your MIPS performance and estimated score. The app also allows for submission of your MIPS data to CMS for all categories of MIPS. 2019 MIPS performance year submission will occur January 2-February 28, 2020.

Additional Important Upcoming Deadlines:

  • December 13, 2019 – Last day for Registry sign-up to use APMA MIPS app for 2019 PY reporting
  • December 31, 2019 – Last day to apply for PI (Promoting Interoperability) Hardship Exception with CMS
  • February 28, 2020 – Last day to use APMA MIPS app for 2019 PY reporting

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COVID-19 Impact

MIPS 2020 Performance Year and Reporting - COVID-19 Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application Now Available

On June 24, CMS announced that any clinician "significantly impacted" by the COVID-19 public health emergency may submit an Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Application to reweight any or all MIPS performance categories for the 2020 PY if they choose. This decision was a welcomed announcement after APMA had requested 2020 MIPS flexibilities in communications with CMS.

The application is open now and can be completed by visiting the application website and clicking on "Apply" under "Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application Window is Now Open" and choosing the "Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application."

MIPS White Glove - COVID-19 Relief Webinar and Resources

Need help? Follow APMA's step-by-step instructions, and watch this instructional video:

2019 MIPS Performance Year and Reporting

CMS announced on March 22, 2020, that there will be no penalty in 2021 for MIPS-eligible clinicians, reporting as individuals, who do not submit MIPS data for the 2019 performance year. Such clinicians will be automatically exempted under the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exception. This automatic exception for individual clinicians also extends to clinicians who may have already reported data for only one MIPS performance category. The MIPS participation lookup tool has been updated to reflect this change. Providers can check their status here.

For MIPS eligible clinicians who:

  • have already reported at least two performance categories as an individual;
  • are/were planning to submit any amount of data as a group; and
  • other clinicians who do not qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy,

CMS has re-opened the 2019 extreme and uncontrollable circumstances application. These clinicians must proactively submit their application and request that all four performance categories be re-weighted to zero percent. This application must be submitted by April 30, 2020.

The application is available to:

  • clinicians reporting as individuals who started by submitting data for more than one category, but are unable to complete, their data submission;
  • small practices that were automatically scored as a group on Medicare Part B claims quality measures;
  • groups that started, but are unable to complete, their data submission; and
  • virtual groups that are unable to start or complete their data submission.

Clinicians can submit the application here. When completing the application, please make sure that you:

  • select individual, group, or virtual group as appropriate to your level of participation;
  • select 1/1/2020 and 4/30/2020 as your start and end dates;
  • indicate that you are unable to complete data submission due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • select all four performance categories for reweighting.

An extreme and uncontrollable circumstance application submitted between April 3–April 30, 2020, citing COVID-19, and approved by CMS, will override any previous data submission.

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