Medical Billing Service Alert: New CMS Hardship Exemptions

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By Michelle Stahl, Owner, Physicians Billing Service

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Today, the CMS, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced Meaningful Use hardship exemptions.  In order to qualify for incentive payments, the CMS has established ‘meaningful use’ objectives’ for the medical community professionals.

The current Administrator for the CMS, Marilyn Tavenner, publicly shared the new hardship exemptions for Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program at a recent industry meeting.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has mandated the Physicians and Medical Practices comply with all Stage 1 requirements of the EHR Incentive Program fora minimum of 90 days in the initial year of participation.

Administrator Tavenner announced the exception would apply for “2015 Medicare payment adjustments based on difficulties associated with software vendor support for the Stage 2 criteria”, according to the MGMA (Medical Group Management Association).  Many attribute Ms. Tavenner’s announcement to the efforts of the MGMA and other associations who had asked for a longer implementation period.

The MGMA also reported that,  the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is considering additional exemptions including:

“Lack of availability of 2014 Certified EHR Technology”
“Inability of EPs to upgrade their current EHR product in time to meet Meaningful Use”
“Inability of EPs to incorporate Stage 2 requirements into their workflow in time for Meaningful Use”

As a leading medical biling service, Physicians Billing Service can assist Physicians, Medical Billers and Medical practices in navigating the complexities of medical billing and collections.  Call 240-382-2455, to speak to Michelle Stahl, owner, or use the Physicians Billing Service online contact form.

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