KENTUCKY REGIONAL EXTENSION CENTER

Did you know? Certain eligible clinicians may apply for and potentially receive a Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception, which re-weights points from the Promoting Interoperability (PI) category to the Quality category.

Why does this matter? Promoting Interoperability is traditionally a difficult category in which to score well, and for 2019 represents 25% of your MIPS score. If approved for a hardship exception, that 25% will be moved to the Quality Category. Therefore Quality would move from 45% to 70% of your MIPS score, with Cost at 15% and Improvement Activities at 15% taking up the rest of your score.

You may find the application for this exception here. The deadline to submit your application is December 31, 2019. MIPS eligible clinicians, groups and virtual groups may submit a PI Hardship Exception Application citing one of the following specified reasons:

  • You’re a small practice (15 or fewer eligible clinicians)
  • You have decertified EHR technology
  • You have insufficient internet connectivity
  • You face extreme and uncontrollable circumstances such as a disaster, practice closure, severe financial distress or vendor issues
  • You lack control over the availability of CEHRT

You will be notified by email if your request is approved or denied. IMPORTANT: lacking CEHRT does not qualify you for re-weighting of the PI category.

Unsure what to do? Contact us at the Kentucky REC! You may email us at Kentucky REC or call us at 859-323-3090. Our team of experts is here to help!