CMS Extends Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception Deadline for Hospitals

If a health care provider is eligible to participate in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program, they must successfully demonstrate meaningful use of their certified electronic health record (CEHRT) each year to avoid a downward payment adjustment. Eligible hospitals and CAHs may be exempted from the Medicare downward payment adjustment if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in a significant hardship. To be considered for an exception (to avoid a downward payment adjustment), eligible hospitals and CAHs must complete and submit a Hardship Exception Application. CMS recently extended the deadline to September 1 for hospitals (previously July 1). The deadline to submit a Hardship Exception Application is November 30 for CAHs.