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CMS Relaxes MIPS Penalties Due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week announced that it will hold providers eligible for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) harmless from up to 9% of program penalties, due to the hardships of the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS will automatically apply the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Hardship Exception policy for all MIPS-eligible clinicians. For more details, click here.

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