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Important MIPS reporting, QPP, and Value Based Care Deadlines

Last updated December 11, 2020: 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!

MIPS is getting harder

As MIPS enters its 4th year, the 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 45 points to avoid a negative adjustment (up from 30 points last year). You’ll also need to earn 85 points to qualify for a piece of the exceptional performance bonus.

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, 2019 Deadline to elect to participate in a Virtual Group for 2020
April 2020 Mingle Health: Send Q1 2020 data for quality measure performance analysis

Registration for CMS Web Interface and CAHPS for MIPS Survey

Spring 2020 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 2020 Mingle: Send Q2 2020 data for quality measure performance analysis
August 5, 2020 QPP Program Year 3 Feedback Reports Available
October 3, 2020 Deadline to begin the 90-day minimum performance period for Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities category
October 5, 2020 Targeted review deadline for 2019 Program Year (10/5 at 8 pm ET)
October 2020 Mingle: Send Q3 2020 data for quality measure performance analysis
October 15, 2020 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 8th, 2021, but will not be able to take advantage of Mingle’s full optimization services.
November 1, 2020 CMS releases 2021 Final Rule and 2021 program year benchmarks. Stay tuned for our 2021 Final Rule webinar for MIPS and the QPP!
December 31, 2020 Final Day of QPP Program Year 4 Performance Period

Hardship Exemption: Deadline to file for a Hardship Exemption for one or more of the MIPS performance categories. *Deadline extended to 2/1/2021*

Deadline to elect to participate in a Virtual Group for 2021 – election must be made prior to the performance period

January 1, 2021 QPP Payment Adjustment for the 3rd Program Year begins on all Medicare Part B reimbursements based on 2019 MIPS reporting

The first 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 2021 Send data (end-of-year/full-year data) to Mingle Health for analysis and submission readiness.

January 8, 2021 – Deadline to sign up for MIPS Solutions with 2020 CMS submission.* Please note: after 1/8/2021 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, 2021 Deadline to upload 2020 billing data to MIPS Solutions
February 1, 2021 QPP Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Hardship Exemption Deadline (extended to 2/1/2021; origin deadline of 12/31/2020)
February 28, 2021 CMS submission deadline for CPC+
March 2021 8-week CMS Web Interface submission window closes, exact dates to be announced by CMS
March 31, 2021 Deadline for submitting 2020 MIPS data to CMS via Qualified Registry (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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