CMS to offer more flexibility with Meaningful Use Stage 2 hardship exemptions

Meaningful Use Stage 2 will go on as planned with no further extensions, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced that the agency would be more flexible about providing hardship exemptions for providers and vendors truly struggling to meet the incentive program's requirements.

Such exemptions--in which providers wouldn't receive an incentive payment, but wouldn't be penalized by CMS--already were available for providers.

Tavenner, delivering a keynote address Thursday morning at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla., said she knows there have been many concerns, noting that CMS is concerned, too. The agency, she said, had already pushed back on the program as much as possible. >> Read the full FierceHealthIT article