CMS Extends Time for Filing eRx Hardship to Avoid 2013 Penalty CMS has re-opened the Communications Support page to allow physicians who missed the June 30th deadline to file for a Medicare eRx hardship exemption in order to avoid the 1.5 percent penalty in 2013. Physicians who would like to file a hardship but did not file one before June 30, 2012 will now be able to do so between November 1st and January 31, 2013. CMS has now added 2 new exemptions:
Eligible professionals who achieve meaningful use during certain eRx timeframes. For the 2013 eRx payment adjustment, this will include any eligible professional who achieved meaningful use during January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 and has attested to this by January 31, 2013.
Eligible professionals who demonstrate intent to participate in the EHR Incentive Program and adoption of Certified EHR Technology by registering for the EHR Incentive Program by January 31, 2013. Please note: EHR Incentive Program participants must provide their entire EHR Certification Number in the CMS EHR Certification ID field during registration to receive this hardship. More information.