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Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application Deadline is Fast Approaching!

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 31, 2017 is the deadline for MIPS eligible clinicians, either participating as an individual or a group, to submit a Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 Transition Year.

Since Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) is required for participation in the Advancing Care Information Performance Category of MIPS, eligible clinicians or groups who receive hardship exception approval will have their Advancing Care Performance Category reweighted to 0% of the final score. The 25% normally allocated to Advancing Care will be reallocated to the Quality Performance Category.

MIPS-eligible clinicians can apply for the Hardship Exception if they have:

  • Insufficient Internet Connectivity
  • Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances including a disaster, practice or hospital closure, severe financial distress, or CEHRT issues.
  • Lack of Control over the availability of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology

MIPS eligible clinicians who are considered “Special Status” will automatically be reweighted and do not need to apply for a hardship exception.

Special Status Clinicians are defined as:

  • Hospital-based MIPS-eligible clinicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists
  • Non-patient facing clinicians

For MIPS-eligible clinicians within a group that do not quality for automatic reweighting or do not submit an application and receive a hardship exception, the group will not qualify for an automatic reweighting and will be required to report on the Advancing Care Information Performance Category.

The web-based application can be found on the QPP website (www.qpp.cms.gov) under the MIPS/Advancing Care section.

For more information on the above topic, please reach out to:

Richard T. (Terry) Lang, FHFMA, CPA

tlang@fcc-cpa.com –  315.446.3600