Avoid the 2013 eRx Penalty
MSNJ and CMS urge physicians to take steps now to avoid the 2013 e-prescribing (eRx) penalty. You may need to take action before June 30!
To avoid the 2013 eRx payment adjustment, individual eligible professionals would have had to have been a successful electronic prescriber in 2011 or will need to report the G8553 code via claims for at least 10 billable Medicare Part B PFS services provided January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. For more information on individual and eRx GPRO reporting requirements, view the MLN Article SE1206. A hardship exemption can be filed.
- The eligible professional is unable to electronically prescribe due to local, state or federal law, or regulation.
- The eligible professional has or will prescribe fewer than 100 prescriptions during a 6-month reporting period (January 1 through June 30, 2012)
- 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)
To request a significant hardship exemption, EPs and group practices must submit their hardship exemption requests through the Quality Reporting Communications Support Page on or between March 1 and June 30, 2012. View an AMA tip sheet. For more information, visit the CMS eRx Incentive Program webpage.