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CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

CMS has updated its meaningful use hardship exception website, extending the deadline for hardship exceptions into July.

By Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline to file for a hardship exception for the EHR Incentive Programs to July 1, 2016 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals.

The original deadline for meaningful use hardship exceptions was March 15 for eligible professionals and April 1 for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Those eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals looking to file a meaningful use hardship exception may do so on the online Registration and Meaningful Use Attestation System. Most providers looking to file hardship exceptions for the Medicaid meaningful use programs may consult their state Medicaid contractors for attestation protocol.

These hardship exceptions have been made more streamlined and readily-available due to December 2015 legislation. The Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA) ensures flexibility regarding which providers and hospitals would be able to file meaningful use hardship exceptions in light of the EHR Incentive Program Final Rule posted in October 2015.

CMS has extended its meaningful use hardship exception deadline once before earlier this month, in order to give providers and hospitals adequate time to attest to meaningful use and file the correct exceptions.

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