The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Tuesday that they will extend the submission period for hardship exception applications for those eligible professionals and hospitals hoping to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). Eligible professionals and hospitals now have until November 30, 2014, to submit hardship exception applications. Previously, the deadline was April 1, 2014, for eligible hospitals and July 1, 2014, for eligible professionals.
Eligible professionals and hospitals who can submit applications during the extended period include those who
- have been unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability; AND
- were unable to attest by October 1, 2014, or eligible hospitals that were unable to attest by July 1, 2014, using the flexibility options provided in the CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule.
Other hardship circumstances will not be considered during the extended application submission period. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.
For more information about Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustments, visit the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions webpage.
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