The AMA is recommending that everyone should apply for an exception. Those who don’t apply could face up to a 3 percent cut in their Medicare payments in 2017 since the meaningful use program operates on a two-year look-back period. New this year, individuals can apply on behalf of a group of physicians.
Even physicians who believe they met the requirements of the meaningful use program in 2015 can apply. Submitting an application for a hardship exception will not prevent those who qualify from receiving an incentive payment, according to the AMA. The AMA offers this fact sheet to help you avoid a penalty.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has stated it will broadly grant hardship exceptions as a result of the delayed publication of the Stage 2 meaningful use modifications rule, which left physicians with insufficient time to report under the modified program requirements issued in late 2015.