The hardship exception rule in the Meaningful EHR Incentive Program has allowed for relief to some providers and hospitals to apply for exceptions to anticipated penalties if their EHR vendor did not obtain EHR certification for 2014.
Since some vendors did not have the time or resources to get their product 2014 certified the additional flexibility has been put in the exception rule i
There are a couple stipulations to this flexibility in the hardship exception rule:
- The application can only be submitted for 2014.
- CMS is said you may apply for the exception. This will not guarantee not that you will get the exception. CMS will determine if you will receive the exception on a case by case basis.
Providers and hospitals should be encouraged to do everything in their power to get the certified EHR technology implemented and meet meaningful use in 2014. However, if things are running close I would encourage eligible providers and hospitals to apply for the hardship exemption if it looks like they are going to run into into implementation and workflow issues.
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