The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will reopen the submission period for Meaningful Use hardship exemptions through Nov. 30, the agency announced. Previously the application deadline was April 1 for eligible hospitals and July 1 for eligible professionals.

Physicians who have not attained Meaningful Use and have not been granted a hardship exception are subject to the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

This reopened hardship exception application submission period applies to professionals and hospitals that:

  • Have been unable to fully implement 2014 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability; and
  • Eligible professionals who were unable to attest by Oct. 1, 2014 and eligible hospitals that were unable to attest by July 1, 2014 using the flexibility options provided in the 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule.

For more information, click here to go to the Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exemptions page of the federal CMS website.

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