Learn the Basics of Medicare's Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

December 29, 2008

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With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program scheduled to begin in January, many physicians are preparing for a transition from paper and faxed prescriptions to a computer-based electronic generation, transmission, and filling of a prescription.

To help with inquiries that may arise, the AMA created a "frequently asked questions" flier (.pdf), "Understanding the basics of Medicare's electronic prescribing incentive program." This new guide covers the fundamental basics of the program, including details about the program, incentive amounts for using the program, eligibility criteria to receive incentive payments, and reporting and system requirements.

You can read several other resources to aid in the transition, including 2008 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates presentations entitled "AMA electronic prescribing incentive program"(.pdf) and "SureScripts-RxHub electronic prescribing overview"(.pdf), as well as a spreadsheet of Medicare-allowed frequency and charges by specialty and provider (.pdf) to help further determine the program's potential reimbursements.

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