Goodbye COVID Free Pass, Hello MIPS Exceptions

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) free pass may not return in 2022. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exempted many clinicians from MIPS reporting in 2020 and 2021 due toCOVID-19. But most clinicians will have to report their 2022 MIPS data when the window opens in January 2023. However, clinicians can still file for one of two hardship exceptions that simplify the process.

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What is MIPS, and why is it important?

MIPS can seem like an overwhelming program. The commitment is a yearlong event, the charting burden seems never-ending, and the criteria change every year and seem to grow increasingly harder. On top of that, MIPS participation is mandatory for many clinicians, so even a few missteps can cost a pretty penny.

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