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The hardship exemption can be used by an eligible professional (EP) who qualifies for the CMS EHR Incentive program, but made the decision not to, or faced, hardships in trying to attest to the Meaningful Use measures. Taking the exemption means the EP will avoid the penalties associated with not participating in Meaningful Use (though you will not get an incentive payment).
The new exemption process has been streamlined as a result of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA), which went into effect on December 2015. CMS notes on their website that the streamlined hardship application reduces the amount of information that eligible professionals must submit to apply for an exception.
If you did not attest to Meaningful Use in 2015, there is still time to apply for a hardship exemption and avoid a penalty that will be applied to your 2017 payments. The hardship exemption application for the 2016 exemption is due by July 1, 2016.
Eligible professionals may apply for this exemption for the following reasons:
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