May 14, 2021
In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designation of the Texas Severe Winter Storm as a national disaster, CMS has determined that the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy will apply to Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in FEMA-identified Texas areas.MIPS eligible clinicians in these areas will be automatically identified and receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2023 MIPS payment year. During the data submission period for the 2021 performance period (January 3, 2022 to March 31, 2022), all four performance categories for these clinicians will be weighted at zero percent, resulting in a score equal to the performance threshold.
However, if MIPS eligible clinicians in these areas choose to submit data on two or more performance categories, they will be scored on those categories and receive a 2023 MIPS payment adjustment based on their 2021 MIPS final score.
The automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy will not apply to MIPS eligible clinicians participating in MIPS as a group, virtual group, or APM Entity.
For More Information
Contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 or by e-mail at: QPP@cms.hhs.gov. Customers who are hearing impaired can dial 711 to be connected to a TRS Communications Assistant.