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Tavenner: 2014 is your last chance for a hardship exemption for Meaningful Use 2

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not delay Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program, but will offer leniency for healthcare providers claiming hardship exemptions from some of the requirements this year.

“We have decided to permit flexibility in how hardship exemptions are granted in the 2014 reporting year,” CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said Thursday in a keynote address to the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Fla.

However, she said CMS fully expects everyone to meet all Stage 2 requirements in 2015, when Medicare payment penalties for noncompliance will begin.

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