HHS program to pay healthcare professionals who e-prescribe

Share this article:
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new incentive program to help spur the advancement of electronic prescribing practices.

Starting in 2009 and 2010, physicians and other "eligible professionals" will receive a 2% incentive payment for successful use of e-prescriptions. In 2011, that incentive will drop to 1%, then to 0.5% in 2013. Eligible professionals who have not implemented a successful e-prescribing system by 2012 will incur a payment reduction, according to HHS. Some facilities can be exempted from the penalty if it is determined they will be adversely affected by the system.

E-prescribing could help reduce medication errors and adverse drug reactions among Medicare beneficiaries, according to HHS. Recent estimates place the number of adverse drug reaction at roughly 530,000 per year. Many of these lead to hospitalizations or admissions to nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said it spends up to $900 million per year treating adverse drug reactions (McKnight's, 5/27) and any money saved through e-prescribing can be put towards other beneficiary services.
Share this article:

More in News

Large hepatitis outbreak reaches 47 cases, podiatry company denies ManorCare's charges

The number of people infected in an infamous North Dakota Hepatitis C outbreak has risen, state health officials say.

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill ...

The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are ...

CMS changes mind on hospice drugs

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has revised guidance on authorization of hospice drugs for those under Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, according to a new memo.