CHA News Article

Deadline for Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception Approaching
Hardship exception applications due April 1

CHA reminds hospitals that payment adjustments will begin Oct. 1 for eligible hospitals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2014. Eligible hospitals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by applying for a 2016 hardship exception by April 1 at 8:59 p.m. (PT). To file a hardship exception, Medicare-eligible hospitals must:

  • Show proof of a circumstance beyond the hospital’s control; and
  • Explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired the hospital’s ability to meet meaningful use.

Supporting documentation must also be provided. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will review applications to determine whether or not a hardship exception should be granted. The hardship exception application and instructions for Medicare-eligible hospitals are available on the EHR Incentive Programs website.