Given that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not finalized a rule to ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program, the American Medical Association is seeking an automatic hardship exemption for physicians who will not have the opportunity to successfully attest this year.

Released in April for public comment, the agency’s proposed rule would ostensibly change the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program reporting period in 2015 from a full year to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year. However, CMS has yet to issue the much-needed rule modifications leaving physicians in the lurch, according to AMA President Steven Stack, M.D.

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