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Why Should Physicians Report MIPS 2020 Data Amidst Pandemic?

QPP MIPS 2020 performance period has been tough, but still, MIPS eligible clinicians must be ready to report data timely to CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

Yes! We have seen some crucial changes in the reporting criteria, but it is not an excuse for poor performance. It is a chance to target MIPS incentives, and we have to do serious work in this regard, at least to save medical practices from penalties.

Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Practices

Undoubtedly, we cannot deny the impact of pandemic on medical practices for several reasons as mentioned below.

Prolonged Practice Closure

No surprise here that prolonged practice closure must have influenced your performance for MIPS 2020 reporting. All categories, be it, Quality, Cost, or Improvement Activities, must have seen a downgrade in their performance.

Delay in Nonessential Medical Treatments

CMS and AMA (American Medical Association) instructed physicians to delay non-essential medical procedures for some time to restrict the virus exposure. Consequently, it hindered physicians from collecting quality data for QPP MIPS 2020 data submission.

Moreover, physicians could only review emergency cases, so, it reflected badly on two important MIPS quality measures – Cost and Quality. If physicians had planned for promoting interoperability (PI) and improvement activities (IA), it must not have been easy.

No Follow-Up on Patients

Yes! Physicians could check the emergency cases, but they could not follow up on their patients. Even when the lockdown was lifted, most patients were not comfortable visiting physically to the medical practice.

Of course, the quality performance of QPP MIPS 2020 data was difficult to maintain.

Lower Patient Volume

Lockdown and the fear of coronavirus contributed to the lower patient volume. In return, eligible physicians could not record clinical data accurately, and for most of them, it would be difficult to meet the performance threshold. It also resulted in physicians unable to collect data for the MIPS 2020 data submission. 

Lack of Resources

Staff limitation and the administrative load were the major problems throughout the performance year QPP MIPS 2020. For Instance, some medical specialties did not have many patients to check. Therefore, they had to furlough their staff members to curb the financial load.

The abrupt household schedules due to the lockdown situation were another reason that many healthcare staff members could not make it to the clinics. The changed protocols led to reduced productivity in many healthcare organizations, which in return, made their survival difficult.

So, the question is:

Why CMS Still Wants Eligible Clinicians to Participate in MIPS 2020?

It has a simple answer that yes, CMS understands that last year was tough, but you can enjoy up to 5% MIPS incentives for quality reporting. Some reporting requirements are already been flexible, so it’s a win-win situation for you. A MIPS Qualified Registry can help you with the administrative load. They can help you select the right specialty-specific measures for MIPS 2020 reporting for smooth revenue cycle management. So, do not wait up and start with data reporting, as the MIPS 2020 reporting deadline is due by March 31, 2021.

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