2017 Advancing Care Information Category Hardship Application Deadline Approaching on December 31; CMS Releases Additional Information on Automatic MIPS Hardships for Practices Located in Disaster Zones

Hardship applications for the Advancing Care Information category of MIPS in 2017 are now available on the Quality Payment Program website. MIPS-eligible clinicians have until December 31, 2017 to submit hardship applications for performance year 2017, to impact 2019 payments.

MIPS eligible clinicians and groups may submit a hardship exception application for one of the following specified reasons:

  • Insufficient internet connectivity
  • Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
  • Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

Hardships for Practices Located in Disaster Zones

In addition, CMS has released additional guidance related to the automatic MIPS hardship exemptions due to disaster declarations from extreme weather in 2017. For any MIPS-eligible clinician or group located in any of the federally declared disaster zones related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the Northern California wildfires, CMS will automatically award a 2017 MIPS final score at the performance threshold to hold affected practices harmless from payment adjustments. These practices do not need to submit any application for this hardship. If an affected physician or group wants to participate in MIPS for 2017, they must submit data in at least two MIPS categories to receive a MIPS score and a potential bonus. A full list of affected localities is available in CMS’ guidance document.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Allison Madson, manager of regulatory affairs, at amadson@ascrs.org or 703-591-2220.