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Practices thinking about or planning to report 2020 MIPS data to CMS via APTA’s Registry need to enroll by the end of this month.

Physical therapists who are participating in the Merit-based Incentive Reporting System for 2020 should be aware of important changes in reporting requirements and some key deadlines.

MIPS Changes for 2020

  • Clinicians and groups must now earn a minimum of 45 points in order to avoid a negative payment adjustment. This is up from 30 points in 2019.
  • Data must be collected on at least 70% of all patients, rather than last year's 60%.
  • Groups must now complete and document Improvement Activities for at least 50% of clinicians on staff.
  • Two Improvement Activities have been removed from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ approved list.
  • A COVID-19 Improvement Activity has been added for 2020. Learn more at the CMS Quality Payment Program Measures and Activities webpage.

If you don’t hit all three thresholds for reporting, you could be eligible to opt-in for potential payment adjustments or voluntarily report to receive feedback directly from CMS.

2020 Deadlines

  • The deadline for collecting data for the MIPS 2020 reporting year is December 31, 2020.
  • If you are considering participating in MIPS via the APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry for the 2020 reporting year, you must enroll by May 31. Contact registry@apta.org for more information or to enroll.

With more than 20 MIPS measures, including 11 qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) measures and two electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMS), APTA's Registry makes it easy for PTs to participate in MIPS and maximize payment. The Registry is an ONC-Certified Electronic Health Records Technology Registry and contains more than 1 million unique patient visits for benchmarking outcomes.


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