Physicians interested in forming a virtual group for the MIPS 2019 performance period have until December 31, 2018 to submit their applications to CMS. As a reminder, virtual group participants all bill Medicare under their own TINs but elect to aggregate their performance to be scored collectively under MIPS. While there is no limit to the maximum number of physicians in a virtual group, only solo practitioners and practices of 10 or fewer eligible clinicians can form a virtual group. To form a virtual group, physicians must have a formal written agreement, name an official virtual group representative, and submit the virtual group’s election via e-mail to CMS at MIPS_VirtualGroups@cms.hhs.gov by December 31, 2018. CMS has provided a virtual group toolkit to assist physicians in the application process.
If you need additional assistance, please contact Allison Madson, manager of regulatory affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-591-2220.