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Hardship Application Deadline Approaching for 2017 Medicare EHR Incentive Program

October 1, 2017 is the hardship application deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) who are first time participants in the Medicare Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. EP’s must apply for a hardship exception by October 1 to avoid payment adjustments in 2018.

Per CMS, an EP may submit a hardship exception application if:

  • The EP has a certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) that was decertified under ONC’s Health IT Certification Program during the 12-month period preceding the applicable EHR reporting period for the CY 2018 payment adjustment year, or during the applicable EHR reporting for the CY 2018 payment adjustment year, and that the EP made a good faith effort to obtain another certified EHR technology for the applicable EHR reporting period.
  • The EP is a first time participant in the EHR Incentive Program in CY 2017 and intends to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in CY 2017, and  
  • The EP is transitioning to MIPS for the 2017 performance period, and
  • The EP intends to report on measures specified for the advancing care information performance category under the MIPS in 2017

Visit the CMS website for additional information on 2017 Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustments for Eligible Professionals.