CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) is making a strong push for physicians to adopt electronic prescribing as an important step in quality and cost. The goal is to improve accuracy, reduce situations of duplication or contraindications, and to lower cost, as time is not wasted in phone between pharmacist and physicians trying to clarify the prescription. I’ve seen estimates that there are millions of such calls every year.
One of your goals for 2009 – 2010 should be to invest in technology, and this is a valuable interim step. Take the time to explore this opportunity. Here is the full CMS release from today:
Medicare’s Practical Guide to the E-Prescribing Incentive Program” is now available online!
The guide explains the e-prescribing incentive program, how eligible professionals can participate, and how to choose a qualified e-prescribing system. To read or print the guide, visit: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/partnerships/downloads/11399.pdf.
By adopting e-prescribing through Medicare’s program, eligible professionals can save time, enhance office and pharmacy productivity, and improve patient safety and quality of care while earning incentives from Medicare.
For additional information about e-prescribing, you can also visit:
www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI. Select “E-prescribing Incentive Program”;
- www.cms.hhs.gov/eprescribing. (for information on Part D e-prescribing standards that will be effective April 1, 2009);
- www.ehealthinitiative.org to download “A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing.”
Continuing Education Credits Available
On October 6–7, 2008, CMS and 34 partner organizations hosted the National E-Prescribing Conference to promote and explain the potential of e-prescribing to improve health care in the
The Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Pharmacists Association will provide continuing education for selected presentations from the conference through an online education portal. Available credits are a maximum of 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. To view or listen to the presentations, and complete an online test on each segment, go to www.massmed.org/cme/CMS_eprescribing.
Additional information is available on the National E-Prescribing Conference site at http://www.epsilonregistration.com/er/EventHomePage/CustomPage.jsp?ActivityID=378&ItemID=1117.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services looks forward to working with you on the adoption of e-prescribing and implementation of the incentive program.