The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process until July 1, 2016. In January. CMS is extending the deadline so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017.
In January, CMS posted new, streamlined hardship exception application forms to help reduce the burden on clinicians. The new applications and instructions for providers seeking a hardship exception are available here.