Deadline to request exemption from ePrescribing penalty: Jan. 31
If you were unable to file for a Medicare ePrescribing hardship exemption by the original deadline, you now have until Jan. 31 to avoid the 1.5 percent payment penalty in 2013.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) re-opened its support website to allow physicians who missed the June 30, 2012, deadline to file for an exemption.
Consider filing for an exemption if you qualify for a waiver of the 2013 penalty under any of these categories:
- Were unable to ePrescribe as a result of local, state or federal law or regulation
- Wrote fewer than 100 prescriptions during the period of Jan. 1–June 30, 2012
- Practice in a rural area that doesn't have sufficient high-speed Internet access
- Practice in an area that doesn't have enough pharmacies that can do ePrescribing.
CMS added two hardship categories for those participating in Medicare’s electronic health record meaningful use program. Physicians do not need to apply for an exemption related to these meaningful use hardship categories; CMS will automatically determine whether physicians meet those requirements.
For more information on the Medicare ePrescribing Program, see here.
Deadline to file for attestation in EHR incentive program: Feb. 28
CMS reminds you – and any eligible professionals who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2012 – that it is time to complete attestation for the 2012 program year. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2013.
CMS also noted that in order to be eligible to attest, you must have completed the 2012 reporting period by Dec. 31, 2012.
Find details here.
Find details on Indiana Medicaid incentive attestation.
Find general information about the EHR incentive program here.