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Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

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Eligible professionals (EPs) that aren't able to implement 2014 Edition Meaningful Use (MU) certified EHRs in time to demonstrate MU for the 2014 reporting may qualify for a hardship exemption. This will protect them from the applicable Medicare payment penalties.

CMS releases additional guidance on the 2014 Medicare hardship exemption

Check out the tipsheet for EPs here and see the Educational Resources page for more general information. Edits have also been made to the Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for EPs to reflect these updates.

Adjustment & Exemption Timing

The Medicare EHR MU penalty is applied in 2016 for the 2014 reporting year for EPs who attested to MU in a previous year.  New participants in the 2014 reporting year may also apply for an exemption to the 2015 penalty / adjustment. See Meaningful Use Deadline Clarification for more information.

Deadline Dates

CMS is now accepting exemption applications for the 2015 payment adjustments only. EPs need to apply by 7/1/14. Forms to apply for a hardship for the 2016 penalty will be available after the close of the current application period.

Check out this excellent 6/4/14 article for details

For more information about electronic solutions for your practice, check out Behavioral Health EHR.


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