As providers shift their focus and resources toward combating the new coronavirus, the Trump administration recently signaled it’s willing to put some of its larger health care priorities on the backburner to support physicians’ response to the epidemic during this trying time.
What’s changing—and what the changes mean for providers
CMS on Sunday announced it is leveraging its extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extending deadlines for certain reporting and data submission deadlines for several of Medicare’s clinician, hospital, and post-acute care quality reporting programs, including the 1.2 million providers participating in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP).
Clinician-focused programs: For clinicians, CMS essentially is delaying 2019 data submission deadlines for QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs. The data originally was scheduled to be due March 31, but the agency is extending that deadline to April 30…