The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) requires that all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) use 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability Programs. CMS mandates downward payment adjustments be applied to eligible hospitals and CAHs that are not meaningful users of CEHRT.
Eligible hospitals and CAHs may be exempt from Medicare penalties if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in a significant hardship. To be considered for an exemption, eligible hospitals and CAHs must complete a hardship exception application and provide proof of hardship.
The application for eligible hospitals and CAHs is now available online as a web-based application.
Hardship Exception Application Details
- You may now submit hardship applications electronically.
- If an electronic submission is not possible, you may verbally submit your application over the phone by calling the QualityNet Help Desk at (866) 288-8912.
- The deadline for eligible hospitals to submit an application is July 1, 2019.
- The deadline for CAHs to submit an application is November 30, 2019.
For More Information
See more information about payment adjustments and hardship information. For more information on the Promoting Interoperability Programs, visit the Promoting Interoperability Programs website.