Eligible professionals can avoid the EHR Meaningful Use payment adjustment that begins on January 1, 2018 by submitting a hardship exemption by July 1, 2017. To file a hardship exemption, CMS requires that you show proof of a circumstance beyond your control and explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired your ability to meet Meaningful Use. As a reminder, you do not need to submit a hardship application if you are a newly practicing eligible professional (EP).
In addition, an EP may submit this EP hardship exemption (transitioning to MIPS) form if the EP has never before successfully attested to Meaningful Use under the EHR Incentive Program and is transitioning to MIPS in Program Year 2017. If an EP meets the criteria for this one time exception to the 2018 EHR Incentive Program payment adjustment, the EP must submit this application no later than October 1, 2017. EP Hardship Excemption Instructions transitioning to MIPS can be found here.