CMS Provides More Detail on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CMS Provides More Detail on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

March 11, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints
“2014 EHR vendor issues” now can be used as reason for application

Just a few days after GOP senators pressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for more clarification on meaningful use hardship exceptions, the federal agency has provided more details for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals participating in the program.

CMS has made the hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and hospitals available on its website, and added language in both that specifies hardship exceptions can be applied for in the event of "2014 EHR vendor issues." Getting into more detail, the applications read, “During the fiscal year (2014) preceding the payment adjustment year (2015), the hospital's EHR vendor was unable to obtain 2014 certification or the hospital was unable to implement meaningful use due to 2014 EHR certification delays.”

Eligible hospitals will have until midnight, April 1, 2014, to apply for the exception, while eligible professionals will have until July 1, 2014. If approved, an exception will be valid for one payment year. If the hospital claims a hardship exception for the following payment year, a new application must be submitted. Determinations made by CMS or their designee regarding hardship exceptions are final and cannot be appealed.

The letter sent last week by the six Republican senators letter was in response to the comments from Marilyn Tavenner, R.N., chief administrator for CMS at HIMSS14, on the timing of Stage 2 of meaningful use.  At HIMSS, Tavenner said that there would be no added flexibility for upcoming deadlines, as requested by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and a number of other stakeholder groups. She did say, however, that the agency would work with organizations to grant hardship exceptions.

Get the latest information on Meaningful Use and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.