MIPS Promoting Interoperability hardship exception now available – Submit today, don’t wait!
For 2018 MIPS, eligible clinicians can submit a QPP Hardship Exception Application to have the Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category (formerly ACI) reweighted to 0 percent citing one of the following reasons:
- Small practices (15 or fewer clinicians) NEW for 2018
- Using decertified EHR technology NEW for 2018
- Insufficient Internet connectivity
- Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
- Lack of control over the availability of CEHRT
Application deadline is December 31, 2018.
IMPORTANT: MOST MediSYS clients are potentially eligible for the small practice hardship. We strongly recommend MediSYS clients apply for this hardship NOW and don’t wait until December!
Access the hardship application at https://cmsqualitysupport.service-now.com/exception_application.do. Once the application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email that your application was submitted and is in a pending, approved, or dismissed status.
FAQ: If I submit a hardship exception application, does that mean that I cannot report on the Promoting Interoperability performance category for Performance Year 2018?
No. You may still report on the Promoting Interoperability performance category, and if you choose to report, your data will be scored. If you have a pending or approved hardship exception application and choose to report on the Promoting Interoperability measures, your hardship exception application will be dismissed and the category will not be reweighted.
FAQ: What if I’m in a small practice?
We recognize that adopting and implementing CEHRT may be a significant hardship for some, but not all, small practices. For small practices experiencing a significant hardship, you can apply for a hardship exception if there are overwhelming barriers to complying with the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability performance category. You do not need to submit documentation of the overwhelming barriers with your application, but please retain this documentation in the event of an audit.
For more details and FAQs on submitting a hardship application visit the QPP website at: https://qpp.cms.gov/mips/exception-applications.