If you’re interested in forming a virtual group for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year, you must follow an election process and submit your election to CMS via e-mail between October 1 and December 31, 2018

CMS has posted the 2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit to help you understand the election process to participate in MIPS as a virtual group in 2019. The toolkit includes: 

  • 2019 Virtual Groups Overview Fact Sheet – Provides an overview of what a virtual group is, who can participate in a virtual group, how virtual groups collect and submit data, and how virtual groups are scored.
  • 2019 Virtual Groups Election Process – Details the two-stage election process for forming a virtual group, and what needs to be included in a virtual group agreement.
  • Virtual Group Election Submission E-mail – A sample e-mail that can be used for a virtual group election submission.
  • Virtual Agreement Template – A template that can be used to develop a virtual group agreement.

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