What is the e-prescribing incentive offered by CMS?
In late 2008, CMS announced they were creating an incentive program for physicians using e-prescribing for their Medicare patients. Physicians and other eligible professionals who adopt and use qualified e-prescribing systems to transmit prescriptions to pharmacies may earn an incentive payment of 2.0 percent of their total Medicare allowed charges during 2009. This incentive is in addition to a 2.0 percent incentive payment for 2009 for physicians who successfully report measures under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), and both incentive payments are in addition to the 1.1 percent fee schedule update required by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) (PDF - 56 KB). So, a physician who successfully reports under both the e-prescribing and PQRI initiatives could receive up to a 5.1 percent pay boost for 2009.
For an e-prescribing system to be eligible for the program it can be either a standalone system or one that is part of an EMR, but it must be able to do the following things:
The following resources provide additional information on the CMS e-prescribing initiative:
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