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Upcoming 2020 MIPS Deadline – CMS Recommends to Submit an Exception

UPDATED: DEADLINE EXTENDED 2020 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Applications are Due February 1, 2021

For the 2020 performance year, CMS will be using the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy to allow MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups to submit an application requesting reweighting of one or more MIPS performance categories to 0% due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency. 

If you have any concerns about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on your performance data, including cost measures, for the 2020 performance period, submit an application now and be sure to cite COVID-19 as the reason for your application.

2020 MIPS Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception Applications are Due December 31, 2020

MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, and virtual groups may qualify for a re-weighting of the Promoting Interoperability performance category to 0% if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Are a small practice (15 or fewer)
  • Have decertified EHR technology
  • Have insufficient Internet connectivity
  • Face extreme and uncontrollable circumstances such as disaster, practice closure, severe financial distress, or vendor issues
  • Lack control over the availability of CEHRT

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

To Submit an Exception Application: You must have a HCQIS Access Roles and Profile (HARP) account to complete and submit an exception application. For more information on HARP accounts, please refer to the Register for a HARP Account document in the QPP Access User Guide. Once you have an account, sign in to, select ‘Exceptions Applications’ on the left-hand navigation, select ‘Add New Exception,’ and select ‘Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception’ or ‘Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception.’

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.