**June 30th Deadline to Avoid the 2014 eRx Penalty
CMS has re-opened the Quality Reporting Communications Support Page from March 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013, allowing physicians to request a hardship exemption for 2014. In order to avoid the 2 percent penalty in 2014, physicians must meet the requirements of the Medicare e-prescribing (eRx) program; meet one of the limited exemption categories, or obtain approval for a hardship exemption. Individual physicians who do not meet one of the exemption or hardship categories must report the eRx measure 10 times via claims between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013.
Groups using the group reporting option must report at least 75 times (2-24 Eligible Professionals), at least 625 times (25-99 EPs), and at least 2,500 times for groups of 100 plus. Physicians can also avoid the penalty by registering for the EHR Incentive Program by June 30, 2013, or achieving meaningful use under the EHR Incentive Program during the January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 reporting period. For a complete list of hardship exemptions and more information, view CMS’ Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program: 2014 Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet.