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Attention MIPS Eligible Providers:

QPP Website Network Security Update this Fall – Test NOW

CMS announced a mandatory update will be applied to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) systems in fall 2020 to increase network security. Any of the following may mean you won’t have access to the QPP website:

  • Windows operating system (7 or 8.1) and Version 11 of Internet Explorer
  • Mac OS and iOS with an outdated version of Safari or
  • Version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge

Test your browser access here: and make any necessary updates to ensure your continued access to the QPP website after the security update this fall.

2019 MIPS Targeted Review Deadline – October 5th, 2020

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019, you MIPS final score is available for review on the QPP website. This final score determines the payment adjustment you will receive in 2021, with a payment adjustment being applied to the Medicare paid amount for covered professional services furnished by a MIPS eligible clinician in 2021.

MIPS eligible clinicians may request CMS to review the calculation of their 2020 MIPS payment adjustment factor(s) through a process called targeted review. The deadline to submit your request is October 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (CST). Login to the QPP website to submit a targeted review before the deadline.

For more information, download the 2019 MIPS Targeted Review User Guide and FAQs.

2020 MIPS Hardship Exemption Application Deadline – December 31st, 2020

CMS announced relief for clinicians participating in the QPP/MIPS program in 2020. MIPS eligible clinicians significantly impacted by the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) may submit an Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Application through December 31, to have any or all MIPS performance categories reweighted. 

IMPORTANT: Data submitted for any of the 2020 performance categories will override an approved application on a category-by-category basis.

QPP eCQM Scoring Issue Reported

CMS alerted group practices to a calculation issue that impacts electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) scoring during the 2020 quality performance year. eCQMs are used in several programs, including the Quality Payment Program. This issue could potentially impact scoring in three specific measures when certain time values are not present in the input data.

  • CMS128v8 Anti-depressant Medication Management
  • CMS146v8 Appropriate Testing for Children with Pharyngitis
  • CMS56v8 Functional Status Assessment for Total Hip Replacement

CMS published updated measures to correct the issue.

Questions? Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 or by e-mail at: [email protected]. To receive assistance more quickly, consider calling during non-peak hours—before 10 AM and after 2 PM ET.