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December 2015
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  • Meaningful Use Stage 2: Washington Lawmakers Vote to Fast Track Hardship Exception Processing

    To avoid a penalty in future years under Meaningful Use State 2, physicians must attest in 2015 that they met requirements for a period of 90 consecutive days.

    However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not publish the updated Stage 2 reporting rules until October 16, leaving less than 90 days remaining in 2015.

    So what is being done to accommodate physicians affected by the late release?

    CMS announced it will grant hardship exceptions to those unable to attest because they were not informed of the revised program requirements in time to meet them.

    In addition, just in time before Congress adjourned for the holidays, lawmakers passed legislation (S. 2425) to give the authority to expedite these hardship exception applications.

    The bill now goes to President Obama for signature. Additional information and hardship exception applications should be available soon on CMS' website.

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