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Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Applications Now Available

Eligible hospitals and CAHs can now access hardship exception applications to avoid meaningful use payment adjustments in 2019.

Hardship applications for meaningful use payment adjustments for the 2019 performance period are now available.

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By Kate Monica

- Hardship exception applications for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in meaningful use are now available, CMS announced today.

Eligible hospitals can submit hardship exception applications to avoid 2019 meaningful use payment adjustments, while CAHs may submit applications to avoid 2017 payment adjustments. 

“EPs, Eligible Hospitals, and CAHs may be exempt from Medicare penalties if they can show that demonstrating Meaningful Use would result in a significant hardship,” clarified CMS.

The deadline for eligible hospitals to submit hardship applications to avoid payment adjustments under the EHR Incentive Programs in 2019 is July 1, 2018. CAHs must submit applications to avoid 2017 payment adjustments by November 30, 2018.

“The applications include instructions about which hospitals can apply and how to submit the application,” stated CMS.

“Eligible hospitals do not need to submit this application if they successfully demonstrated meaningful use in Program Year 2017, or are new and obtained a new CMS Certification Number (CCN) during October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2018, or are a Critical Access Hospital,” continued the federal agency.

Hardship exceptions for eligible hospitals and CAHs are only valid for the 2019 and 2017 payment adjustment year, respectively. Eligible hospitals that need to claim a hardship exception for the following payment adjustment year must submit a new application.

Hardship exception applications are available on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

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