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Many physicians report that e-prescribing tends to increase their workload by adding extra clicks and keystrokes to tasks that previously were either easier to perform or done by other staff members altogether. I remember when I was first practicing and would have to handwrite multiple prescriptions for almost every patient I saw and at almost…

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The following is text from an email received from CMS regarding the eRx: Quality Reporting Communication Support Page Now Available for Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Payment Adjustment Hardship Exemption Requests In 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program, which is a program that uses incentive payments…

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Many providers were caught off guard by the e-prescribing penalty that started earlier this year. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do at this point to stop the penalty on 2012 claims but it is not to late to avoid next year’s penalty. For those who are unfamiliar with the program and what you need to…

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As the crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths begin to bloom here in the Northeast, I like to think about what has contributed to the growth of these beautiful plants. We have had a very mild winter here in New England, including some record-breaking warm weather. Perhaps it was the plant fertilizer I used last fall, giving these…

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The deadline to submit a hardship exemption for the 2012 penalty was November 1, 2011. Due to technical issues at CMS, this deadline has been extended to November 8, 2011. As noted last week in Four Days Left to Submit an Exemption for the e-Rx Penalty, the exemptions for the 2012 penalty are as follows:…

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It is not too late to submit an exemption to the 2012 e-prescribing penalty. The deadline for requesting an exemption is November 1, 2011. For those of you who are not familiar with the e-Rx incentive program, it will impose a one percent reduction on all of your Medicare reimbursements in 2012, if you did…

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The following information was prepared by the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Regulatory & Insurer Affairs Department for informational purposes only. It is also posted on the ACP site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule that updates the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program for 2011. The rule expanded…

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One of the great values of AmericanEHR Partners is the collective resources brought to users of EHRs through our relationship with a wide range of professional organizations across many specialties. The American Academy of Dermatology has just joined AmericanEHR Partners and brings a rich set of resources to physicians and other clinical and administrative users…

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From a press release published April 26, 2011: Five partner organizations today issued an updated 2011 edition of A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing. This “how-to” guide helps health care professionals make informed decisions about how and when to transition from paper to e-prescribing systems. First created in 2008, the new edition of the Guide…

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All prescribers must be using E-Prescribing by June 30, 2011 to avoid a penalty in 2012 and 2013.  As part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), prescribing clinicians who fail to demonstrate the use of E-Prescribing at least 10 times by June 30, 2011 and 25 times by December 31…

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Below is a copy/paste from an email received through the CMS listserv about the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. Aside from some necessary formatting changes,  I have not altered it from the original.  It was received today at 9:00 am EDT. 2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Reminder — Avoiding the Adjustment In November, the Centers…

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