The Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program today announced proposals for new flexibilities to help providers phase in the use of electronic prescription technology. This program provides financial incentives, including payment adjustments beginning January 1, 2012, for eligible providers to encourage electronic prescribing. The proposals announced today would provide exemptions from the payment adjustment for providers who plan to participate in the program but who face certain barriers to using electronic prescribing systems or meeting program requirements that may be beyond their control.
“Today’s rule demonstrates that CMS is willing to work cooperatively with the medical professional community to encourage, participation in electronic prescribing,” said Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the CMS Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. “These proposed changes will continue to encourage adoption of electronic prescribing while acknowledging circumstances that may keep health professionals from realizing the full potential of these systems right away.”
CMS’ proposed rule on electronic prescribing is available for public review and comment today at http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-13463_PI.pdf