CMS accepting hardship exception applications for 2017 Quality Payment Program

Clinicians and provider groups may now apply for hardship exceptions under the 2017 Quality Payment Program.

Here are three things to know.

1. The application period began Aug. 2. Hospital-based clinicians eligible for CMS' Merit-based Incentive Payment System are considered special status and don't need to apply for a hardship exception.

2. MIPS assesses quality performance based on hundreds of quality measures. These measures are broken up into two categories. Service measures assess the care patients should receive based on risk factors, and outcome measures determine patients' health status while receiving care.

3. Clinicians eligible to participate in MIPS may qualify for reweighting of their advancing care information performance category score. For this score to be reweighted as 0 percent of the final score, clinicians must have insufficient internet connectivity, a lack of control over the availability of certified EHR technology or be facing "extreme and uncontrollable circumstances."

To learn more and apply for a hardship exception, click here.

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