Meaningful Use hardship exception application due July 1

June 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 05

paperworkThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the application deadline in February 2016 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process. The deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals is Friday, July 1, 2016, by 11:59 pm ET.

If a provider cannot attest for a 2015 reporting period or believes her or his attestation may be unsuccessful, the provider may apply for a hardship exception to avoid the payment adjustment in 2017. For more information on which sub-category to file under, see CMS FAQ 12845 (

CMS does not require a provider or group of providers to submit documentation for this or any other hardship category selected and CMS will not be reviewing documentation supporting the application on a case-by-case basis. CMS will review the application to record the category selected and use the identifying information to approve the hardship exception for each provider listed on the application.

You can send the application via email to or fax in an application to (814) 456-7132. The application and instructions can be found at