Providers who feel that they were unable to successfully attest for Meaningful Use in 2015 have until midnight July 1 to file for a Hardship Exception to avoid 3% penalties in 2017.  Many organizations including CMS and the AOA believe that the new rulings were released too late in 2015 for Eligible Providers to file for and achieve Meaningful Use in 2015.

Many of the changes worked to actually simplify the attestation process so members of PVG successfully attested and received incentives for 2015.  Organizations like the AOA are asking for help making the case by filing for Hardships even if you have successfully attested.  CMS agrees that because the delay, most physicians are eligible for the exception.