CMS Deadline for MU Hardship Exemption Extended - July 1

Jul 01, 2016


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for physicians to file applications for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use requirements of the electronic health record incentive payment program. The previous deadline had been March 15.  The new deadline is now July 1, 2016.

In mid-December 2015, Congress adopted a last-minute bill that gave CMS the authority to grant a blanket exception for all eligible physicians who applied for an exception from the 2015 meaningful use penalties.

CMS reports the extension is being granted “so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017."

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