Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application
CMS eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may be exempted from the Medicare Promoting Interoperability payment adjustment if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in a significant hardship. Eligible hospitals and CAHs may submit a hardship exception application each year for a maximum of 5 years.
Reasons for a hardship exception include:
- Using decertified EHR technology
- Insufficient internet connectivity
- Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
- Lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT)
CMS eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals that can cite one of the reasons listed above may apply for a hardship exception.
If approved, the hardship exception is valid for one payment adjustment year. Eligible hospitals and CAHs would need to submit a new application for subsequent years, and no entity can be granted an exception for more than 5 years.
The deadline for the reconsideration process is December 3, 2021.
For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.