Physicians unable to file for a Medicare ePrescribing hardship exemption by the June 30, 2012 deadline have until January 31, 2013 to avoid a 1.5 percent payment penalty.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has re-opened the Communications Support Web page to allow physicians who missed the original deadline to file for an exemption.
A waiver may be requested under any of the following categories:
- The physician is unable to ePrescribe as a result of local, state or federal law or regulation.
- The physician wrote fewer than 100 prescriptions during the period of Jan. 1–June 30, 2012.
- The physician practices in a rural area that doesn’t have sufficient high-speed Internet access.
- The physician practices in an area that doesn’t have enough pharmacies that can do ePrescribing.