The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the date for applying for Meaningful Use hardship exceptions. The new deadline to avoid 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of a Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) is now November 30, rather than the previous deadline of July 1.

According to the CMS, eligible professionals may be exempt from payment adjustments if they can show that demonstrating meaningful use using a CEHRT would result in significant hardship. The CMS provides a Hardship Exception Tool to help providers determine if they meet the necessary requirements for applying for a hardship exception.

Due to this deadline extension, eligible professionals who are attesting for MU Year 1, Stage 1—and have missed the October 1 attestation deadline—may file for a hardship exception if they meet hardship requirements. Providers in other MU stages may also apply if they deem it necessary. Meaningful Use reporting periods have not been altered with the hardship exception deadline extension. 

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