EMR Rollout Update #9:

Physician Incentives for e-Prescribing Begin in 2009

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), signed into law on July, includes incentives for physicians who adopt and utilize electronic prescriptions. Incentives take effect January 1, 2009. JUP physicians who use the e-Prescribing module will be among the first in the nation to benefit.

In the first four months since e-Prescribing launched to all physicians and providers in Otolaryngology and Family and Community Medicine, more than 11,000 prescriptions have been transmitted electronically to patient pharmacies.

While the details of how the incentives will be earned and enforced are yet to be finalized, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) describes the new e-prescribing program as similar to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) in that it will improve care and pay more for quality care.

The bonus breakdown fro physicians using e-Prescribing will be 2% in 2009 and 2010. From 2011 through 2014, MIPPA has proposed that physicians who use e-Prescribe will be kept whole in their Medicare rates; all others will see a gradual discount in their Medicare rates for each of those years.