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CMS Addresses Attestation System Issue by Extending Significant Hardship Exception Application Deadline for Some

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the significant hardship exception application deadline has been extended until November 30, 2014 for physicians who are eligible to use the September 4, 2014 flexibility AND who were unable to attest by the October 1, 2014 deadline for first-year participants.

What does this mean? This was CMS’ answer to the problem recently identified by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) pertaining to the timing of a planned update to CMS’ web-based attestation system. CMS plans to implement a system patch in October that would enable the agency to receive online attestations from participants using the September 4, 2014 flexibility. Unfortunately, the deadline for first-year program participants to complete their attestations for a 2014 reporting period already came and went on October 1. Therefore, if a first-year program participant intended to use the September 4 flexibility, they would have missed the deadline because of CMS’ unpatched system.

The number of first-year participants expected to require the latest extension is small. In radiology, most diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians did not need to apply for a significant hardship exception because they were automatically given one.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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