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Now Available: Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 Transition Year to Impact 2019 Payments

This week, CMS released the Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year, to avoid the 4% penalty in 2019. 

MIPS eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information performance category score to 0% of the final score, and may submit a hardship exception application, for one of the following specified reasons:

  • Insufficient internet connectivity
  • Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
  • Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

If you’re applying for a hardship exception based on the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstance category, you must select one of the following and provide a start and end date of when the circumstance occurred:

  • Disaster (e.g., a natural disaster in which the CEHRT was damaged or destroyed)
  • Practice or hospital closure
  • Severe financial distress (bankruptcy or debt restructuring)
  • EHR certification/vendor issues (CEHRT issues)

Please note: You will receive a confirmation email that your application was submitted and is pending, approved, or dismissed. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

As a reminder, eligible physicians who have never attested to Meaningful Use may apply for 2017 Eligible Professionals Transitioning to MIPS Hardship. This form is for an Eligible Professional (EP)  who has never successfully attested to Meaningful Use under the EHR Incentive Program and is transitioning to MIPS in Program Year 2017. The deadline for EPs to submit hardship forms for the 2018 payment adjustment, based on the 2016 EHR reporting period, is October 1, 2017. Instructions for EP Transitioning to MIPS Hardship application may be found here.

More information on payments adjustments and hardships may be found on the CMS website.