The Medical Group Management Association is asking federal officials to extend the Medicare e-prescribing program’s reporting and hardship exemption request deadlines of June 30, saying the requirements are confusing and unfair.

“Our members face great difficulty understanding the criteria for avoiding e-prescribing penalties annually as each year the requirements, deadlines and timeframes for reporting have changed significantly,” MGMA contends in a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Additionally, CMS’s approach to applying penalties in one year based on a prior year’s reporting activity further complicates reporting and penalty schemas, causing confusion and unfair penalty determinations. CMS should use its regulatory authority to change this approach going forward, and where penalties exist, they should be based on actual performance during the time period to which they are applied.”

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