Your time to submit your Meaningful Use hardship exemption application is quickly coming to an end! November 30, 2014 is the deadline, so if you're still planning to apply for the exemption you better get to it. If you're not already participating in Meaningful Use, you're going to be penalized next year, unless you qualify and submit your exemption application by the 30th.
Penalties on your Medicare reimbursements will start at 1% in 2015, and increase each year to a maximum of 5%. In order to qualify for the hardship exemption you need to meet one of the four valid reasons for not being able to meet Meaningful Use criteria this year. The CMS has come up with 4 situations that explain why your practice might not have been able to implement an EHR and attest to Meaningful Use this year.
Why Your Practice Might Qualify for the Meaningful Use Hardship ExemptionUncontrollable Circumstances
Some Meaningful Use and EHR situations are out of your control. Things like natural disasters, practice closures, bankruptcy, or debt-restructing are all things that might qualify you for the exemption. On top of that, EHR vendors might have run into issues such as loss of certification, closure, or 2014 certification issues and delays. These would also qualify you for the hardship exemption.Read More