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Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 Transition Year Now Available Online

August 1, 2017

The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is now available online.

MIPS eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information performance category score to 0% of the final score, and can submit a hardship exception application, for one of the following specified reasons:
• Insufficient internet connectivity
• Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
• Lack of control over the availability of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

There are some MIPS eligible clinicians who are considered Special Status, who will be automatically reweighted (or, exempted in the case of MIPS eligible clinicians participating in a MIPS APM) and do not need to submit a Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application.

For 2017 Special Status clinicians include the following:
• Hospital-based MIPS-eligible clinicians
• Physician assistants
• Nurse practitioners
• Clinical nurse specialists
• Certified registered nurse anesthetists
• Non-patient facing clinicians
• PROPOSED in Quality Payment Program Year 2 (82 FR 30077): Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Based MIPS-Eligible Clinicians.

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