For those participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during 2018 as an individual, group, or virtual group CMS’s Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category (formerly Advancing Care Information) is now available. If the hardship exception is approved, CMS will re-weight your PI performance category score to 0% of the final score and reallocate the 25% weighting of the PI performance category to the Quality performance category. You qualify to submit the Exception Application if you meet one of following reasons:
• Small practices (new for 2018)
• Using decertified EHR technology (new for 2018)
• Insufficient Internet connectivity
• Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
• Lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record technology
The application must be submitted to CMS by Dec. 31, 2018.