CMS Extends 2017 MIPS Submission Deadline

Physicians Have Until April 3 at 8 p.m. EDT to Submit Data and Avoid the 4% Penalty in 2019

Today, CMS announced it is extending the deadline to submit 2017 MIPS performance data to April 3, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Physicians and groups have additional time to use the CMS QPP Portal to report 2017 data for the Advancing Care Information (ACI) and Improvement Activities categories of MIPS. Quality data from EHR systems in QRDA III format may also be uploaded to the system.

As a reminder, 2017 was the first performance year of MIPS. CMS designated 2017 as the first transition year, and as such, physicians may avoid the 4% MIPS penalty in 2019 by submitting minimal data for 2017. If physicians or groups have not already submitted some data—such as one quality measure on one patient through claims submission on a 2017 claim—they can still go to the CMS QPP submission site and report either:

  • One improvement activity, such as use of a QCDR like the IRIS registry, extended practice hours, or seeing Medicaid patients; or
  • The base measures of the Advancing Care Information category.

The system uses the same Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials as previous quality reporting programs. If you need to update your information, visit CMS' Enterprise Portal. Click here for CMS' user guide.

Please note: If you have never logged into your EIDM account, the verification process could take two or more days to complete. Log in now to ensure you will be able to submit MIPS data on time.

IRIS Users
If you reported MIPS data through the IRIS registry, you do not need to submit data through the CMS portal.

2017 Extreme Weather MIPS Hardship Exemptions
CMS has instituted automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances hardships for the MIPS program for physicians and practices impacted by severe weather and natural disasters in 2017. No hardship applications are required if your practice is located in any of the areas declared federal disaster areas due to hurricanes, flooding, or wildfires. Visit CMS’ website for a full list of included localities. Physicians in affected areas may still submit MIPS data and be scored, but will not be penalized if they do not submit data for 2017.

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