As a result of recent Medicare legislation, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched important changes to the Meaningful Use hardship exception process, featuring a more streamlined application process. These changes will reduce the burden on eligible professionals (EPs) by condensing the application process and decreasing the amount of information that must be submitted to apply for an exception.
Please note: EPs who wish to use the streamlined application must submit their application by March 15, 2016.
Additionally, groups of providers may now apply for a hardship exception through a single application and submission process. Providers will have the option to submit an electronic file with all National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) or CMS Certification Numbers (CCNs) for providers within the group or use a multiple NPI or CCN form to submit their application.
Visit the CMS Payment Adjustments & Hardship Information webpage for more information. For questions about Meaningful Use, please contact an ACR staff member at HIT@rheumatology.org.