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Now Open: Election Period to Form a 2018 MIPS Virtual Group

MIPS Eligible Clinicians (ECs) have until December 31, 2017 to choose to participate in the 2018 performance period as a virtual group.

A virtual group is a combination of two or more Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) made up of:

  • A solo practitioner who’s eligible to participate in MIPS and bills under a TIN with no other National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) billing under the TIN, OR
  • A group with 10 or fewer eligible clinicians (at least 1 must be eligible for MIPS) that joins with at least 1 other solo practitioner or group for a performance period of a year.

To form a virtual group for the 2018 performance period, solo practitioners and/or groups must engage in the CMS-defined election process by providing the following:

  1. A written formal agreement between each of the virtual group members.
  2. Information about the TIN and NPI associated with the virtual group representative’s contact information.

The virtual group must name an official representative who will submit their election to CMS via email to MIPS_VirtualGroups@cms.hhs.gov by December 31, 2017.

For more information about joining or forming virtual groups, see the CMS’ Virtual Groups Toolkit.

Contact the Quality Payment Program at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or 1-866-288-8292 or visit www.qpp.cms.gov.

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