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QPP Hardship Exception Applications Due Oct. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminds clinicians that applications for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) hardship exception for the 2017 transition year are due by Oct. 1.

Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)eligible clinicians and groups could have their advancing care information performance category score re-weighted to zero percent of the final score by applying for hardship exceptions due to:

  • insufficient internet connectivity;
  • lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology; and
  • extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, including disaster, such as a natural disaster that destroyed the EHR technology; practice or hospital closure; severe financial distress, such as bankruptcy or debt restructuring; and EHR certification or vendor issues.

CMS will automatically re-weight scores for MIPS-eligible clinicians classified as Special Status and exempt those participating in a MIPS advanced payment model without requiring a hardship exception application.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page dedicated to quality payment programs. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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