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AMA: Don’t forget about June 30 e-prescribing deadline

Physicians have until June 30 to report use of e-prescribing systems or apply for a hardship exemption if they want to avoid a Medicare penalty, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently warned providers. 

Although studies have shown e-prescribing has many benefits for doctors and patients, the technology has been slow to catch on. That means many doctors might be subject to an upcoming Medicare penalty.

Doctors must report on at least 10 electronic prescriptions on their Medicare Part B claim forms by June 30 of this year. Otherwise, they’ll be subject to 1.5% reduction in Medicare reimbursements, according to the AMA.

However, doctors subject to the penalty can apply for a hardship exemption by that date to avoid having their reimbursements reduced. Practices may be eligible for a significant hardship exemption if they:

  1. Are located in a rural area without high speed Internet access
  2. Are located in an area without sufficient pharmacies for e-prescribing
  3. Are unable to e-prescribe because of federal, state or local laws or regulations, or
  4. Will have prescribed fewer than 100 prescriptions between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2012.

For more information, read the AMA’s e-prescribing penalty fact sheet.

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