The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reopening the period during which providers can apply for an EHR hardship exception and avoid Medicare reimbursement penalties for failure to attest for meaningful use in 2014.

The previous exception application deadlines were April 1, 2014 for eligible hospitals and July 1, 2014 for eligible professionals. A recent final rule adding some new flexibility to achieving meaningful use was not well-received by the industry as it still did not permit sufficient time for attesting before the meaningful use calendar year for eligible professionals and fiscal year for hospitals ended.

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