Legislation has passed the House and Senate that would make it easier for providers to get a hardship exemption from financial penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use electronic health record requirements in 2015. Now, the measure awaits President Obama’s signature to become law.

The Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), was passed by both chambers of Congress on Friday with bipartisan support. The bill would ensure that eligible professionals and hospitals have “flexibility in applying the hardship exception for Meaningful Use for the 2015 EHR reporting period for 2017 payment adjustments.”

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