Just a reminder that the deadline for requesting significant hardship exemptions under the Medicare electronic prescribing (“eRx”) incentive program is November 1, 2011.
Starting in 2012, eligible professionals who are not successful electronic prescribers under the eRx incentive program will be subject to a payment adjustment. The final rule incorporates four additional hardship exemptions for purposes of the 2012 payment adjustment, including the following exemptions:
- Registration to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive programs and adoption of certified EHR technology.
- Inability to electronically prescribe due to local, state or federal law or regulation
- Limited prescribing activity.
- Insufficient opportunities to report the electronic prescribing measure.
The exemption requests must be made using a web-based tool available on the eRx incentive program website at http://www.cms.gov/erxincentive/.
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