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CMS Extends Deadline for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving hospitals and physicians more time to file for a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program.

The agency moved the deadline for eligible hospitals and providers to file for an exception to July 1. The previous deadline was March 15 for physicians and April 1 for hospitals.

CMS can categorically grant exceptions for applicants that could not meet meaningful use requirements in 2015 for reasons that include the delay of the meaningful use program modifications final rule. Failure to meet meaningful use requirements or obtain a hardship exception in the 2015 reporting year will result in a payment adjustment in 2017.

On Feb. 2, CMS released the application and instructions for the new, streamlined Medicare EHR hardship exception process. Hospitals and professionals now are required to submit less information to CMS as part of their application.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Michelle Rosenfeld is senior writer/editor at America's Essential Hospitals.