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Meaningful Use: Apply for Hardship Exception
If you are eligible to participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, you must demonstrate meaningful use in either the Medicare incentive program or in the Medicaid incentive program to avoid a 3-percent penalty in 2017. Medicaid physicians who are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid incentive program are not subject to the penalty. If any of the hardships designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) apply to your situation, submit the Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application to CMS no later than July 1, 2016, to avoid the penalty in 2017. Hardship categories are: insufficient Internet connectivity, extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, lack of control over the availability of certified EHR technology, and lack of face-to-face patient interaction.
If you don’t meet meaningful use criteria or submit a hardship exemption application, a 3-percent penalty will be applied to your Medicare Part B charges in 2017.
If you were unable to meet meaningful use criteria in and one of the hardship exceptions applies to your situation, fill out the application and follow the submission instructions.