Last Chance to Start Certain 2020 MIPS Reporting Tomorrow
By David Doolittle

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of changes to a few October traditions: The World Series final will take place after the NBA and NHL playoffs, and we’re all trying to figure out how to safely celebrate Halloween.   

But one recent tradition hasn’t changed – and begins tomorrow. 

If you participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you will have to report on the required measures –  Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities – starting Saturday, Oct. 3. 

Promoting Interoperability are two of four MIPS performance categories that affect a physician’s future Medicare payments. The other categories are Quality and Cost. 

At minimum, the Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities categories require a continuous 90-day reporting period, so be sure you begin reporting for those categories by Oct. 3. 

The 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) is required for participation in the Promoting Interoperability category. 

In addition to submitting measures, clinicians must attest to:

If you’re experiencing some type of “significant hardship” that has created “overwhelming barriers” to complying with MIPS’ Promoting Interoperability category, you are eligible to submit a hardship application.  

For more information, go to the Quality Payment Program website, or contact the TMA HIT helpline at (800) 880-5720 or via email

Last Updated On

October 02, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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