Incentive Payments Available to Successful Electronic Prescribers


Beginning January 1, 2009, physicians and other professionals may begin

qualifying for incentive payments for the use of electronic prescription systems.

On December 1, 2008 CMS released its specifications for the E-Prescribing

Incentive Program. These specifications will be used to determine whether a

prescriber is a "successful electronic prescriber" (SEP) who may qualify for a

2% incentive payment for the 2009 reporting period (the 2009 calendar year).

Payments will be made following the close of the reporting period and will be

calculated based on an estimate of the allowed charges for all of an eligible

professional's covered services provided during the year. Following 2009,

incentives will decrease each year until, in 2012, CMS plans to impose a

gradually increasing penalty on eligible professionals who are not qualified as

SEPs. Joshua J. Freemire of Ober|Kaler looks at the requirements for providers.

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