Application for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception due By July 1

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is making a hardship exception available to providers who will be unable to attest in a timely manner in order to avoid penalties.

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If awarded the hardship exception, providers need to be aware of the following items:

  • The provider will not be levied the 1% reduction in Medicare payments in 2015.
  • The provider will forfeit their 2014 Meaningful Use incentive payment.
  • The provider will be responsible to attest to the next stage of Meaningful Use in 2015 for the full calendar year (thus most providers will need to be ready for Stage 2 Meaningful Use).

Hardship exception application form:

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/PaymentAdj_Hardship.html.

Tipsheet explaining penalties:

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/PaymentAdj_HardshipExcepTipSheetforEP.pdf

For providers struggling to attest to Meaningful Use in 2014, a new hardship exception application will be available later in 2014. Please direct any questions to your Managing Advisor, Meaningful Use or contact Purdue Healthcare Advisors at healthcareadvisors@purdue.edu.


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