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Important MIPS reporting, QPP, and Value Based Care Deadlines

Last updated March 29, 2021: This post will be updated throughout the year with any new or updated deadlines.

Missing an important MIPS, Quality Payment Program (QPP), or value-based care (VBC) deadline could have negative impacts on your organization – including penalties or money left on the table. Keeping track of these deadlines can be tricky, especially with overlapping programs that are still evolving. Bookmark this blog post for a quick reference guide to MIPS reporting deadlines!

Mingle Health is a CMS Qualified Registry for the Quality Payment Program including MIPS, APM Performance Pathway, and Primary Care First. Learn more about our analytics and reporting solutions here.

MIPS is getting harder; QPP is evolving

The MIPS program is finding its stride and the requirements continue to increase. You’re now at risk of receiving a 9% penalty and must earn a minimum of 60 points to avoid a negative adjustment (up from 45 points for 2020 reporting). You’ll also need to earn 85 points to qualify for a piece of the exceptional performance bonus. In addition, 2021 is the final year for the web interface mechanism utilized by most ACOs and many groups over 25 eligible clinicians.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to track and analyze your performance in MIPS and other value-based programs throughout the year. Mingle Health is here to help.

Important Deadlines

Here’s a list of upcoming deadlines you should know about to protect your income and become successful in MIPS and the QPP. If you have questions or aren’t sure which deadlines apply to you and your practice, contact us to get help from one of our Quality Program Consultants!

Are you a Mingle Health client? View our MIPS Solutions and MIPS reporting project plan and key dates in the Mingle Portal >> (client login required)


Date Important Deadlines
December 31, 2020 Deadline to elect to participate in a Virtual Group for 2021
April 2021 Mingle Health: Send Q1 2021 data for quality measure performance analysis

Registration for CMS Web Interface and CAHPS for MIPS Survey

Spring 2021 QPP Exception Applications window opens for Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances or a Hardship Exception for the Promoting Interoperability MIPS performance category (Read more from CMS on exception applications)
July 2021 Mingle: Send Q2 2021 data for quality measure performance analysis

Estimated: CMS Releases the 2022 PFS Proposed Rule (stay tuned for our webinar!)

August 2021 (est.) QPP Program Year 4 Feedback Reports Available
October 3, 2021 Deadline to begin the 90-day minimum performance period for Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities category
October 2021 (est.) Targeted review deadline for 2020 Program Year
October 2021 Mingle: Send Q3 2021 data for quality measure performance analysis
October 15, 2021 Priority deadline to sign up with Mingle Health for MIPS and QPP services including consultative support to maximize incentive potential. You may wait until January 2022, but will not be able to take advantage of Mingle’s full optimization services for the 2021 service year.
November 2021 (est.) CMS releases 2022 Final Rule and 2022 program year benchmarks. Stay tuned for our 2022 Final Rule webinar for MIPS and the QPP!
December 31, 2021 Final Day of QPP 2021 PerformancePeriod

Hardship Exemption: Deadline to file for a Hardship Exemption for one or more of the MIPS performance categories.

Deadline to elect to participate in a Virtual Group for 2022 – election must be made prior to the performance period

January 1, 2022 QPP Payment Adjustment for the 4th Program Year begins on all Medicare Part B reimbursements based on 2020 MIPS reporting

The second year of the CMS Primary Care First payment model begins. Ask us about this exciting and innovative program for the advanced delivery of primary care!

January 2022 Send data (end-of-year/full-year data) to Mingle Health for analysis and submission readiness.

January 8, 2022 – Priority Deadline to sign up for MIPS Solutions with 2021 CMS submission.* Please note: after 1/8/2022 you may be placed on a waitlist while our team is completing optimization services and CMS MIPS submissions for customers who signed up earlier in the year.

January 31, 2022 Deadline to upload 2021 billing data to MIPS Solutions
March 2022 8-week CMS Web Interface submission window closes, exact dates to be announced by CMS
March 31, 2022 Deadline for submitting 2021 data to CMS via Qualified Registry for MIPS, PCF, APP and more (learn more about MIPS Solutions from Mingle Health here)

*It’s important to register with Mingle as soon as possible to guarantee your submission success. Get started early to preview your MIPS measure performance throughout the year.

Want to make sure you’ll avoid the MIPS penalty?

Mingle has a MIPS quality reporting and quality management solution for you – whether you want to simply avoid the penalty or maximize your chances for an incentive or bonus, we’ll guide you every step of the way to succeed with MIPS.

Why wait? Delaying the registration process only makes reporting more of a burden to your practice and providers, risking a negative 9% adjustment on all Medicare Part B payments in 2022. Sign up now!

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with a Mingle Health expert about your organization.


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