The following information was provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is reproduced here in its entirety:
Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that are unable to implement EHR technology certified to the 2014 edition criteria in time to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year may be eligible for a hardship exception from the applicable Medicare payment adjustments. CMS has released additional guidance on the 2014 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) hardship exception for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Tipsheets for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals are now available.
Payment adjustments are applied in 2016 for the 2014 reporting year for providers who demonstrated meaningful use in a previous year. New participants in the 2014 reporting year can also apply for an exception to the 2015 payment adjustment.
Hospital Hardship Exception Deadline Approaching on April 1
Payment adjustments for eligible hospitals that have not successfully participated in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin on October 1, 2014.
Hospitals that have never participated in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program can take action by April 1 and avoid the adjustment by:
- Submitting a hardship exception application for experiencing circumstances that posted a significant barrier to achieving meaningful use
- Beginning 90 days of meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year by April 1 and attesting by July 1
Hospitals that participated in 2011 or 2012, but did not successfully participate in 2013 due to circumstances that created barriers can also submit a hardship exception by April 1.
The application must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than 11:59pm ET on April 1, 2014 to be considered. If approved, the exception is valid for one year.