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.