Important Information on Upcoming Promoting Interoperability Program Deadlines

Members & Publications

June 20, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind health care professionals about the following upcoming Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program deadlines:

Formal Comments on the FY 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Proposed Rule

Comments on the FY 2019 IPPS and LTCH proposed rule are due no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 25, 2018. The public can submit comments by one of several ways:

  • Electronically
  • Through the “submit a comment” instructions on the Federal Register
  • By regular, express or overnight mail
  • By hand or courier

Measure Proposals for Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program

CMS encourages you to submit measure proposals for the Annual Call for Measures for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the PI Program. Proposals must be submitted to by Friday, June 29, 2018.

EHR Hardship Exception Application

Medicare eligible hospitals and CAHs may be considered exempt from Medicare penalties and avoid a payment adjustment, if they can show that demonstrating meaningful use would result in a significant hardship. To be considered, health care providers must submit the 2019 Eligible Hospital Hardship Exception Application to and provide proof of hardship by Sunday, July 1, 2018.

For More Information

For more information about these deadlines, please visit the PI Programs website.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.