Submit Your Hardship Exemption Now for the 2013 eRx Payment Adjustment

April 3, 2012

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has re-opened its Quality Reporting Communication Support Page for neurologists to request a significant hardship exemption for the 2013 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program payment adjustment.

The deadline to submit a hardship request is through June 30, 2012. This deadline coincides with the last reporting day for the 2013 eRx Payment Adjustment reporting period for all eligible professionals who do not qualify for a hardship exemption.

For more information on the reporting requirements to avoid the 2013 penalty, visit the AAN's Medicare eRx Incentive Program webpage.

Hardship exemptions for the 2013 payment adjustment include:

  • The inability to electronically prescribe due to state, federal, or local law or regulation
  • The eligible professional prescribes fewer than 100 prescriptions during a six-month payment adjustment period (January 1, 2012, through June 30, 2012, for the 2013 payment adjustment)
  • The eligible professional practices in a rural area without sufficient high-speed Internet access (G8642)
  • The eligible professional practices in an area without sufficient available pharmacies for electronic prescribing (G8643)

Visit www.qualitynet.org/pqrs and select "Communication Support Page" on the left-hand side of the page under Related Links to submit your hardship requests today. Be prepared to justify your request with any relevant information.

For more information on the eRx Incentive Program, visit www.aan.com/go/practice/pay/eRx.