CMS: Incentive payments for e-prescribing on the rise

Report outlines participation rates in e-prescribing program

Topics: Data Strategy, Information Technology, Quality, Performance Improvement

April 3, 2012

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

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's 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 [subscription required]).

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