Don't miss out!  Apply for the MU Hardship Exemption!

All physicians subject to the 2015 Medicare Meaningful Use program should apply for hardship exemption. CMS will broadly accept hardship exemptions due to the delayed publication of the program regulations. Applying for the hardship will not prevent a physician from earning an incentive. It simply protects you from receiving an MU penalty. Step-by-step instructions for completing the hardship exception application are here

Physicians who believe that they met the MU requirements for the 2015 reporting period should still apply for the hardship protection to avoid a financial penalty for 2017.   Prior to adjourning for the holidays, Congress passed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA), which directed the changes to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that allows physicians to avoid a Meaningful Use (MU) penalty in 2017.

Track bills currently in the legislature here
Out-Of-Network Bill - updated March 30, 2016
Payers withdrew from the Colorado workgroup reviewing the concerns to reach a solution.  Instead, a new bill surfaced.

SGR News - updated February, 2016
CMS to publish additional physician claims data as result of SGR fix.  Congress repealed the flawed "Sustainable Growth Rate Formula"  on April 14, 2015

Health Care Reform News - updated February 8, 2016
Enacted in 2010, the latest decision by the Supreme Court indicates it is here to stay.

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