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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.