The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded the means of qualifying for meaningful use exemptions as listed below:
• The physician’s software vendor is unable to achieve 2014 Edition certification, the most recently added hardship exemption
• The physician can’t get sufficient Internet access or faces other infrastructure barriers
• The physician is newly practicing and has not had enough time to establish meaningful use, in which case the physician can apply for a two-year exception
• The physician is practicing at multiple locations and has no control over the availability of certified EHR technology for more than one-half of patient encounters
• A natural disaster or other unforeseeable circumstance occurs
• A physician hasn’t had enough patient interactions to meet the threshold requirements
More information can be found on the AMA’s website: Meaningful Use Exemptions.