Are you a bit confused on whether or not you should file an exception this year? And what about that July 1, 2014 “deadline” fast approaching?
With so much money…..both in incentives received and fear of losing money due to audits and penalties, we’ve summarized some information surrounding this “deadline” and what it may (or may not) mean for you and your practice.
New participants in 2014
If you are new to the program and intended to demonstrate meaningful use for the first time in 2014, but you are not able to implement 2014 certified EHR technology for the 2014 reporting year, you may apply for a hardship exception for the 2015 payment adjustment.
An interactive tool is available to help you determine if you will avoid upcoming 2015 and 2016 Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustments by demonstrating meaningful use, or if you should apply for a hardship exception. The deadline to do this is JULY 1, 2014. Please bear in mind that if you are a returning eligible professional, you will not need to file an exemption for 2014.
Applying for Hardship Exception When submitting hardship exception applications, entries must include supporting documentation that proves demonstrating meaningful use presented significant hardship.
CMS has posted hardship exception applications on the EHR website for:
- Eligible professionals
- Eligible professionals submitting multiple National Provider Identifiers (NPIs)
Please read and follow the submission instructions on the application. Note that all required supporting documentation must be included at the time of submission. Completing your application online and submitting it electronically to EHRhardship@provider-resources.com, with all required supporting documentation, will reduce the application processing time. Please do not submit hand-written applications.
Hardship Exception Tip sheets You can also avoid payment adjustments by successfully demonstrating meaningful use prior to the payment adjustment. Tip sheets are available on the CMS website that outline when eligible professionals must demonstrate meaningful use in order to avoid the payment adjustments.
Returning meaningful users in 2014
If you successfully demonstrated meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year, you will not be subject to the 2015 payment adjustment. If you are not able to implement 2014 certified EHR technology for a 2014 reporting period, you may apply for a hardship for the 2016 payment adjustment.
- Use the eligible professional hardship exception for 2016 which will be available after July 1, 2014
- Indicate that you are applying for a hardship because of 2014 vendor issues
- Submit your application by July 1, 2015
Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs? Make sure to visit the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.