In this month’s post, we take a look at details related to meaningful use penalty avoidance.
A helpful reminder posted on Radiology and HIT Blog discusses the approaching penalty avoidance deadline.
The application deadline for obtaining one of the significant hardship exception options from calendar year (CY) 2015 EHR Incentive Program penalties is July 1, 2014. Beyond the application-based hardship exception options, there are automatically-granted significant hardship exception options for newly practicing physicians and physicians whose primary specialty codes in PECOS are “diagnostic radiology” (30), “nuclear medicine” (36), “interventional radiology” (94), anesthesiology (05), or pathology (22) as determined approximately six months prior to the penalty year (so, also July 1, 2014).
Importantly, most American College of Radiology members will not need to take any further action to avoid the CY 2015 penalties other than to double-check their own PECOS data to make sure their primary specialty code is 30, 36, or 94. Radiation oncologists and other radiologists with different primary specialty codes will need to either demonstrate Meaningful Use (MU) by the appropriate deadline in 2014 or manually apply for one of the other significant hardship exceptions before July 1.
Links to resources:
- ACR.org MU Resource Center
- ACR Pocket Guide to MU in 2014
- How to Avoid MU Penalties
- MU Significant Hardship Exception for Radiologists Clarified
For more information, please visit the Radiology and HIT Blog.
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