Incentive Payments for Electronic Prescribing on the Rise, CMS Finds


There has been a significant increase in the amount of incentive payments distributed through CMS' electronic prescribing program, according to a recent CMS report, Modern Healthcare reports.

The report -- titled, "2010 Physician Quality Reporting System and eRx Experience Report" -- also found that the amount of payments and the number of participants has increased for CMS' Physician Quality Reporting System.

E-Prescribing Program Findings

For the e-prescribing program, the report found that the amount of incentive payments distributed grew from $148.7 million in 2009 to $270.9 million in 2010, an 83% increase.

In 2010, 65,857 eligible health care providers received an average e-prescribing incentive payment of $3,836 and 18,713 medical practices received an average e-prescribing incentive payment of $14,476, the report noted.

According to the report, the specialties with the highest rate of participation in the e-prescribing program in 2010 were:

  • Cardiology, with 35.4% of eligible health care providers participating;
  • Ophthalmology, with 33.8% participating; and
  • Rheumatology, with 31.7% participating.

The report noted that payment adjustments will begin this year for certain health care providers who do not meet the reporting requirements of the e-prescribing program (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 4/1).

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