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Hardship Exemption from 2015 Meaningful Use Penalties

The Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), will grant eligible professionals and hospitals "flexibility in applying the hardship exception for meaningful use for the 2015 EHR reporting period for 2017 payment adjustments."

The legislation will create a blanket hardship exemption from 2015 meaningful use penalties, which would have been assessed in 2017. Eligible professionals will have until March 15 to apply for an exemption, and eligible hospitals will have until April 1.

CMS currently issues exemptions on a case-by-case basis. Read more »

CMS seeks public comment on HIT and EHR products

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) entitled "Certification Frequency and Requirements for the Reporting of Quality Measures under CMS Programs," available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/31/2015-32931/agency-in.... Read more »

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