Even if you don’t have prescribing privileges, you can rest assured now as CMS will not cut your pay as a penalty for failing to comply with the new e-prescribing incentive program.
As you are probably aware, starting in 2012, you may be subject to a one percent payment adjustment on your Part B pay if you don’t successfully participate in e-prescribing this year. In 2013, that payment adjustment will go up to 1.5 percent, and in 2014 it will rise to two percent, CMS’s Daniel Green, MD noted on a Feb. 15 CMS-sponsored call.
“To earn an incentive in 2011, an eligible professional must e-prescribe 25 times during the year, ten of which must be in the first six months,” Green said. “If they are a successful e-prescriber during the calendar year, they not only would avoid the 2012 payment adjustment, they would get a one percent 2011 payment incentive, and they would be exempt from the 2013 payment adjustment,” he explained.
“Earning an incentive in 2011 does not necessarily exempt the eligible professional or group practice from a payment adjustment in 2012,” Green explained.
How to Avoid the Adjustment
CMS reps said that they’ve been flooded with calls about the 2012 payment adjustment, and described ways that you can avoid the adjustment if you qualify.
Not eligible to prescribe: If you are not a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011, you can avoid the e-prescribing penalty. In addition, if you don’t have prescribing privileges at least once on a claim between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011, you should append G8644 (Eligible professional does not have prescribing privileges) at least once before June 30 to ensure that your MAC knows you are not subject to the penalty, said CMS’s Michelle...
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