Virtual groups give solo and small group practices -- those with 10 or fewer clinicians -- another reporting option under MIPS.
The AAFP supports virtual groups because they level the playing field between small and large practices by allowing small independent practices to pool their patient data with that of other practices; doing so gives those participants a better shot at success in the MIPS program.
CMS defines a virtual group as a combination of two or more taxpayer identification numbers assigned to
Physicians with questions about whether they meet the size criteria to form a virtual group should contact their Quality Payment Program Technical Assistance organization for guidance.
In addition, clinicians and/or groups who participate in the virtual group election process will be required to
Questions? Download CMS' 2020 Virtual Groups Toolkit to learn more.
Physicians can also get help by emailing the QPP or by calling 866-288-8292 for immediate assistance. CMS advises physicians to avoid calling the QPP phone line between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET, if possible, because that time frame encompasses peak service hours.