Tag Archives: E-Prescribing

President Trump Signs Bipartisan Opioid Legislation into Law; Includes Open Payments Reporting Expansion

President Trump has just signed into law HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.  The bipartisan legislation includes almost 200 provisions intended to strengthen opioid prevention and treatment efforts and bolster law enforcement tools. Among many other things, the new law:  Seeks to encourage … Continue Reading

Final Rules Issued Extending Protections of Electronic Health Record Donations

On December 27, 2013, the Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services each published, in the Federal Register, a final rule that amends regulations protecting, from the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark law, certain arrangements related to the donation of interoperable electronic health records (EHR) software or information technology and training services related to such EHR software. Among these amended regulations was the extension of protections of the Stark law exception and the Anti-Kickback safe harbor from December 31, 2013 to December 31, 2021 (the "sunset" provisions).… Continue Reading

CMS Call on PQRS and eRx Incentive Program Payment Adjustment (June 18)

A June 18, 2013 CMS National Provider Call will provide a general overview on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustment and the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program payment adjustment, as well as specifics on the 2015 PQRS and 2014 eRx adjustments, including eligibility, how to avoid future payment adjustments, key points, and tips … Continue Reading

CMS Call: “2013 PQRS and eRx Claims-Based Reporting Made Simple” (March 19)

CMS is hosting a call on March 19, 2013 to discuss the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) claims-based reporting. The call will provide an overview of how to report for PQRS and eRx through claims, including how to start reporting, 2013 reporting periods and frequency, coding/measure specification, and tips for … Continue Reading

PQRS and eRx Incentive Program National Provider Call (Dec. 18)

CMS has scheduled a December 18, 2012 National Provider Call on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The call will provide an overview of the Program Year 2012 Data Submission for the PQRS-Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Pilot and Program Year 2013 self-nomination process for group practice reporting options, … Continue Reading

National Provider Call: Physician Quality Reporting System and E-Prescribing Incentive Program (Sept. 25)

CMS will host a National Provider Call on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program on September 25. The call will provide an overview of the 2011 PQRS and eRx Incentive Payments and Feedback Reports. The call will take place from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM eastern time. Registration … Continue Reading

CMS Issues Final Medicare E-Prescribing Incentive Program Rule

On August 31, 2011, CMS released a final rule that updates Medicare electronic prescribing (eRx) incentive program policies. Specifically, the regulation revises the eRx quality measure used for certain reporting periods in calendar year 2011 to address uncertainties related to the technological requirements of the Medicare eRx Incentive Program; provides additional significant hardship exemption categories for … Continue Reading

CMS call on Physician Quality Reporting System/E-Prescribing Incentive Program (July 26)

On July 26, 2011, CMS is hosting a national provider call on the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. The target audience for the call is eligible professionals, medical coders, physician office staff, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors and all other Medicare fee-for-service health care professionals. The registration deadline is … Continue Reading

CMS Physician Quality Reporting System & E-Prescribing Incentive Program Provider Teleconference (June 21)

On June 21, 2011, CMS is hosting a national provider teleconference on the Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.  On the teleconference, CMS experts will provide an overview of the June 1, 2011 proposed rule on the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The target audience for the call is medical coders, … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Changes to Electronic Prescribing Quality Rules.

On June 1, 2011, CMS is publishing a proposed rule that would modify the 2011 electronic prescribing (eRx) quality measure to better align the eRX Incentive Program with the technological requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs. The rule also would provide additional significant hardship exemption categories for eligible professionals and group … Continue Reading

2011 Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program National Provider Call (May 17)

CMS is hosting a national provider conference call on the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program on May 17, 2011. The presentation will cover:  Highlights of the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Experience Report; Measures vs. Measures Groups; and Understanding Measure Numerator and Measure Denominator. A question-and-answer … Continue Reading

CMS Releases 2009 Quality Reporting Data

CMS recently released updated data on payments to providers under two Medicare pay-for-reporting programs. Specifically, 119,804 physicians and other eligible professionals in 12,647 practices that satisfactorily reported data on Medicare quality measures received a total of more than $234 million in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) incentive payments in 2009. The average bonus payment was $1,956 per … Continue Reading

CMS Calls on 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System & eRx Incentive Program (April 14 & April 19)

On April 14, 2011, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum on Physician Quality Reporting System and E-Prescribing (eRx) Incentive program “success stories.”  In addition, CMS has scheduled an April 19, 2011 national provider conference call on the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and eRx Incentive Program.  Registration is required to participate in this … Continue Reading

Inconsistencies in Electronic Prescribing Incentive Programs

The GAO has issued a report entitled "Electronic Prescribing: CMS Should Address Inconsistencies in Its Two Incentive Programs That Encourage the Use of Health Information Technology." The GAO examines differences between the CMS Electronic Prescribing (eRx) program and the EHR program, both of which provide incentive payments to eligible Medicare providers who adopt and use health information … Continue Reading

2011 Physician Quality Reporting System/E- Prescribing Incentive Call (March 8)

On March 8, 2011, CMS is hosting a national provider conference call and webinar on the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The call will focus on measure reporting, and how providers can prepare for participation. Registration closes March 7 or when the available space fills.… Continue Reading
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