Payment Matters: Proposed Changes to the eRx Incentive Program – Too Little, Too Late?


Providers frustrated with the apparent disconnects between the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) programs may receive relief under a new proposed eRx incentive program rule [PDF] (the NPRM). The NPRM promises to: (1) modify the eRx program’s functional definition of a “qualified” eRx system to permit the use of “certified” EHR technology under the EHR program, (2) provide additional significant hardship exemption categories for eligible professionals or group practices requesting exemptions from 2012 payment adjustments and (3) extend the deadline for submitting requests for consideration for certain significant hardship exemption categories for the 2012 eRx payment adjustments. Comments on the proposed changes to the eRx incentive program are due on July 25, 2011, and providers must request hardship exemptions under the new proposed extended deadline, of October 1, 2011.

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