Don't Use Code G8553 for E-Prescribing

Starting this year, you'll no longer need the G-code for the Medicare e-prescribing program. If you use the G8553 code, the claim will be rejected and you'll have to resubmit it to Medicare.

Now that the e-prescribing incentive program has officially ended, e-prescribing penalties based on 2013 participation are in place. The only way to prevent penalties at this point is to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentive programs.

For 2014, physicians who did not successfully e-prescribe or participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program during 2013 will be penalized 2 percent. The 2-percent penalty will also be applied in 2015. At this point, the only way to prevent future EHR and e-prescribing penalties is to participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program.

Participation in the meaningful use program will automatically prevent e-prescribing and meaningful use penalties. Refer to TMA's one-pager that describes penalties and exemptions for the EHR program.

Send your questions about the e-prescribing program and other office technologies to the TMA HIT Helpline by calling (800) 880-5720 or emailing HIT


Action, Jan. 17, 2014

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