Electronic Prescribing

Overview

The ability to electronically transmit error-free prescriptions directly to a pharmacy from the point of care is an important step in providing safe, high-quality health care. In 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program to accelerate electronic prescription use by Medicare-enrolled physicians.

2013 was the final year for participating and reporting in the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The 2014 eRx payment adjustment reporting period began on January 1, 2013 and ended on June 30, 2013 and was the final reporting period to avoid the 2014 eRx payment adjustment. CMS reminds [RB 21] physicians they do not need to report G-codes (G8553) for 2014 eRx events; also that 2013 was the last year to earn an eRx incentive payment and 2014 is the last year to receive an eRx payment adjustment.

The AAFP supported the intent of the eRX initiative and worked closely with CMS and with other advocacy organizations to ensure that the program’s requirements are equitable and realistic for all physicians.

Our efforts included successfully arguing for a delay in the imposition of the program’s original penalty phase, and making sure that hardship exemptions were available for providers who were unable to meet the eRx requirements.


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