Following advocacy efforts from ASCRS and the medical community, Congress passed the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act,” which included a provision granting CMS the authority to expedite applications for hardship exemptions from Meaningful Use Stage 2 in 2015. Previously, CMS was required to review all hardship applications on a case-by-case basis.
Today, CMS released information and instructions on how providers can file for this streamlined hardship exemption. This new application process also allows for groups of providers to apply for a hardship exemption on a single application. Under the group application, multiple providers and provider types may apply together using a single submission.
Eligible professionals have until March 15, 2016 to submit their application. Providers have the option to submit an electronic file (in excel or csv formats) 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.
Please contact Ashley McGlone, manager of regulatory affairs, at 703-591-2220 if you have any questions.