President Obama Signs Meaningful Use Exemption Legislation

Bill  expands providers' eligibility for Stage 2 hardship exemptions  

  On Dec. 28, 2015, President Obama signed into law the  Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which creates a blanket hardship  exemption from penalties under the Electronic Health Records (EHR) meaningful  use program for the 2015 reporting period. The bill, introduced by Sen. Rob  Portman (R-Ohio), is based on language included in H.R. 3940—the Meaningful Use  Hardship Relief Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom  Price, MD (R-Ga.)—and passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.  Under the legislation, physicians have until March 15, 2016 to apply for an  exemption.

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