CURES Registration Under California law, all individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DEA Certificate) must register to use the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by July 1, 2016. Click here for more information and resources. Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption July 1 is also the deadline for physicians to file meaningful use hardship exception applications to avoid Medicare payment penalties in 2017. CMS has been authorized to issue a blanket exception to all physicians who submit their application no later than July 1, 2016. Click here for more information.