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COVID-19 and MIPS Reporting Requirements

Updated March 25, 2020 

During these unpredictable times, we want to give you a brief update on the MIPS program and how Mingle Health will continue to be a quality program partner with your organization.

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, CMS has extended the 2019 MIPS reporting deadline to April 30, 2020. In addition, any MIPS eligible practice or provider who has not submitted MIPS data to CMS by April 30 will automatically qualify for the extreme and uncontrollable circumstance policy and receive a neutral payment adjustment for 2021.

Healthcare is in uncharted territory here, but Mingle Health is committed to remaining in this with you. Our subject matter experts are in regular communication with CMS and our consultants will continue to advocate for answers to your questions, so keep reaching out as new situations in your practice arise.

Here are some points to discuss with your Mingle Health consultant when evaluating your organization’s best course of action:

  • If you can finish a 2019 submission above the 30-point threshold, we recommend you do so. CMS has not yet determined how final incentives may be impacted by this change, but these details will continue to be made available as they evolve.
  • If your practice has been submitting claims codes of any kind for 2019, you have been submitting data to CMS and it may be in your best interest to complete a full submission in order to avoid a penalty.
  • If your practice is on the front lines of the COVID-19 struggle, and you simply cannot commit any further time and energy to your 2019 submission, please let your consultant know. We can absolutely help you make the choice to not submit this year so you can focus on patient care during this critical time.
  • CMS has not announced any changes to the 2020 reporting year requirements for MIPS. Our team and tools are ready to support you as soon as you’re ready to get started analyzing your 2020 data.

Regardless of how you decide to proceed, your consultant will continue to be available for questions and advice as you need it. Mingle has always been a remote workforce; we will continue to work on your behalf without missing a beat.

If you are interested in reviewing the press release from CMS on these changes, you can view that here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-announces-relief-clinicians-providers-hospitals-and-facilities-participating-quality-reporting

Thank you for your continued service in healthcare. Be careful. Stay well.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Mingle
Executive Chairman
Mingle Health

 

March 17, 2020 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned communities across the United States to expect community spread of the novel coronavirus (which causes the illness known as COVID-19). Experts recommend social distancing and limiting group gatherings as much as possible.

Despite this challenging time, Mingle Health is operating at full capacity.  Like always, we are committed to meeting the needs of our customers and partners.  We understand how important that is leading up to the MIPS/QPP submission deadline of March 31, 2020, now extended to April 30.

We are honored and grateful to be working with our customers and partners, including many of you who are directly involved in prevention and treatment efforts for COVID-19. Our commitment is to do everything we can to finish the MIPS/QPP submission season smoothly so you can focus on what matters most in tis chaotic time.

Mingle Health has long been a master of remote workforce operations.  We bring you exceptional talent by finding great people wherever they are and allow them to work remotely.  We have been doing this since 2012 when we first became a CMS qualified registry.  So, when the current emergency procedures were recommended, we didn’t skip a beat.

You can rest assured that we have the same commitment to delivering high-quality results for you while providing an environment of health and safety of our colleagues and their families.

In addition to our inherently safer remote work environment, we are taking additional precautions such as limiting company travel and any unnecessary in-person meetings. Safety is the first priority.

The good news is that our standard operating procedures are almost identical to the new normal emergency procedures for the rest of the country.  Our secure infrastructure and systems are already in place, and we are serving you just as you would expect with or without the national emergency.

You can trust Mingle Health to guide you to success with MIPS and the Quality Payment Program. Mingle Health is a well-respected vendor, identified as a top performer in the KLAS Report, “Quality Management 2019: The Search for a One-Stop Shop.”

We continue to monitor the situation and adapt as necessary to protect our colleagues and serve our clients.  If you have any questions, please contact us at hello@minglehealth.com.

 

 

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