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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues
to receive inquiries about the Medicare Electronic Prescribing
(eRx) Incentive Program and the 2012 eRx payment adjustment. This
message seeks to clarify the issues CMS has heard from physicians
and other healthcare professionals.
CMS is required to adjust the payments of eligible professionals
who are not successful electronic prescribers beginning in 2012.
This requirement is outlined in Section 132 of the Medicare
Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).
CMS listed the requirements for being a successful e-prescriber
for purposes of avoiding the 2012 payment adjustment in the 2011
Physician Fee Schedule final rule. In February 2012, all eligible
professionals who did not meet these requirements were sent a
letter notifying them of this fact.
Significant Hardship Exemption Requests
In response to stakeholder feedback, CMS also published a
standalone eRx rule on Tue Sep 6, 2011, to provide additional
circumstances under which eligible professionals would qualify for
hardship exemptions. Eligible professionals initially had until Tue
Nov 1, 2011, to submit a request for a hardship exemption for the
2012 eRx payment adjustment via the newly-created Quality Reporting
Communication Support Page; this deadline was later extended to Tue
Nov 8, 2011. CMS finished its review of these requests in February
2012 and continues to notify requestors via email whether their
request was approved or denied.
Questions and Concerns
Although there is no appeal or review process established for the
eRx Incentive Program and payment adjustment, CMS encourages
eligible professionals with questions or concerns about the eRx
payment adjustment and hardship exemption requests to contact the
QualityNet Help Desk. Through the QualityNet Help Desk, CMS is
working with eligible professionals and CMS-selected group
practices that have questions about eRx payment adjustments and/or
hardship exemption decisions. CMS is handling all hardship
exemption requests and any questions or concerns on a case-by-case
basis. Contact the QualityNet Help Desk if you have issues relating
to the eRx payment adjustment and/or the rationale for denial of
your hardship exemption request.
The QualityNet Help Desk can be reached Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm CMT, at
866-288-8912 or QNetSupport@sdps.org.
2013 & 2014 eRx Payment Adjustment
Please note that payment adjustments under the eRx Incentive
Program run until 2014. For information on how to avoid the 2013
and 2014 eRx payment adjustments, please visit the Electronic
Prescribing Incentive Program webpage and review MLN Matters
Patrick M. Hamilton
Health Insurance Specialist/Rural Health Coordinator
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Philadelphia Regional Office