CMS announced the availability of Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exception Applications for 2017.
MIPS eligible clinicians and groups can now submit for a hardship exception for one of the following reasons:
- Insufficient internet connectivity
- Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (Natural disaster in which the Certified EHR Technology was damaged or destroyed, practice closure, severe financial distress, or EHR certification/vendor issues)
- Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR Technology
Once an application is submitted, clinicians will receive a confirmation email. If the application is approved, clinicians may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information category score.
Please note: Clinicians can determine their eligibility by using this web-based tool. MIPS eligible clinicians who are considered “Special Status” do not need to submit a QPP Hardship Exception Application.
Click here to access the Hardship Exception Application from the QPP website. For more information, please contact the Quality Payment Service Center at (866) 288-8292 or email QPP@cms.hhs.gov.