If did not meet meaningful use while using Electronics Medical Records software such as Medisoft Clinical, Lytec MD, Practice Choice or PrimeSuite by Greenway or any other EMR or EHR and you want avoid 2016 penalties, be sure to apply for the CMS Hardship Exception.
CMS recently announced 2016 payment adjustments for those eligible providers that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014. Providers do not have to submit any documentation to claim the exception for being unable to upgrade to 2014 Edition software. They should, however, keep documentation of the issue in their files, in case they are audited.
To file a hardship exception, you must:
Show proof of a circumstance beyond your control.
Explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired your ability to meet meaningful use.
The application must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1, 2015 to be considered. The application can be found here: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/HardshipException2016_EP_Application.pdf