2011 E-Prescribing Incentives. End-of-year reporting deadline to claim a 1-percent bonus.


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Topic 2011 E-Prescribing Incentives. End-of-year reporting deadline to claim a 1-percent bonus.
Background The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 created an incentive program that pays successful electronic prescribers a percent of Medicare billing.
Regulating Body Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Compliance Date 12/31/2011
Consequences Incentives vary by year (1% in 2011, 1% in 2012, .5% in 2013). Note, however, that physicians who have not adopted electronic prescribing by 2011 will receive a penalty (1% in 2012, 1.5% in 2013, and 2% beyond).
Next Steps To be eligible for the incentive, estimated charges for the e-prescribing measure codes must represent at least 10 percent of your total Medicare Part B allowed charges. TMA's resource center (below) includes a list of these codes. 1) Adopt a qualified e-prescribing system. This can be a stand-alone system, an electronic health record (EHR) system, or a qualified registry. Visit www.surescripts.com for a list of approved systems. 2) You do not need to sign up to participate —simply submit the e-prescribing G-code, G8553, on your claim form to indicate participation. 3) Generate an e-prescription for a minimum of 25 unique Medicare patient visits before Dec. 31, 2011. Physicians working under multiple taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) must meet reporting criteria for each TIN.
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