March 27, 2020
On March 22, 2020, CMS announced that it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians, providers, hospitals and facilities who participate in Medicare’s quality reporting programs with regard to upcoming measure reporting and data submissions. Medicare extended the MIPS and ACO deadline of March 31, 2020 to April 30, 2020 but went on to say that MIPS clinicians who have not submitted anything by the new April 30 deadline will qualify automatically for the “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” policy. The 4th quarter data submission deadline for hospitals and Post-Acute (PAC) programs is optional. Additionally, data submission deadlines in April and May 2020 will be optional for facilities. For additional information about the deadline extensions, automatic hardship qualifications and the impact on CMS’s calculations for the Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs, see the CMS press release here.