July 1 is the deadline for eligible professionals within the Medicare EHR Incentive Program who did not successfully meet meaningful use in 2013 to submit a hardship exception application for payment year 2015. However, the American Medical Association and Medical Group Management Association have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting an extension of the deadline to help EPs avoid MU financial penalties.

According to the trade associations, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published May 20 that proposes permitting EPs who are unable to fully implement 2014 certified EHR technology to report for the 2014 reporting year using 2011 CEHRT and using 2013 criteria is complicating matters. While this “much-needed modification to the program should facilitate continued program participation for many EPs,” AMA and MGMA argue in their letter to CMS that the timing of the proposed rule--with its July 21 closing date for public comments and publication of the final rule not expected until late summer--comes well after the July 1 date for EPs to submit a hardship exception to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustment.

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