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Participating in Medicare? Consider applying for a hardship exception

EHR Meaningful Use hardship exception applications are due March 15. The AOA created a step-by-step guide to help with the process.

DOs who participate in Medicare and plan to apply for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use hardship exception can find help navigating the application process with the AOA’s step-by-step application guide.

In late 2015, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide a blanket exemption to all physicians who apply for hardship exemptions from Stage 2 EHR meaningful use penalties for the 2015 performance period, so few physicians are expected to receive penalties in 2017.

The AOA’s EHR Meaningful Use hardship exception guide includes a link to the application and detailed instructions for completing and submitting the form. The deadline to apply for a hardship exception is July 1, 2016 (extended from the original deadline of March 15, 2016).

For more information, contact govt-issues@osteopathic.org.

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