Claiming a Hardship Exception
CMS allows clinicians to file for a hardship exception to avoid negative payment adjustments under specific circumstances. If granted, the hardship exception applies only to one performance year and is not automatically renewable in subsequent years. At its discretion, CMS may broaden the hardship exception criteria from year to year to accommodate clinicians impacted by such extreme and uncontrollable circumstances as hurricanes, wildfires, and pandemics.
To learn more about the general hardship exception criteria, visit the Quality Payment Program website.