Thanks to increased adoption of electronic health records (EHR) spurred by meaningful use incentives, more than half of Indiana physicians are now e-prescribing, a 19 percent increase from 2011. In fact, last December, 1.86 million e-prescriptions were electronically routed.
According to Andrew VanZee, director of Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc., more than 10,000 providers e-prescribe. Of that number, 7,756 are physicians; 60 percent include primary care physicians.
VanZee explained that a recent Surescripts study shows patients are more likely to get their medicine if the prescription is sent electronically to the pharmacy. E-prescribing also has the potential to cut down on fraud and abuse. Read more at SureScripts.
However, 20 percent of prescriptions involve controlled substances and cannot be electronically prescribed at this time. The State Board of Pharmacy is working on developing rules that will allow controlled substance e-prescribing in the state.
About 80-90 percent participation in the meaningful use incentive programs is expected by the end of this year. If you do not have an EHR system now, it’s not too late to get some of the incentives. Those providers who started in Medicare by 2012 can get the full incentive payment of up to $44,000. In the Medicaid program, providers must start by 2016 to get the full incentive payments of up to $63,750.
Stage 2 will become effective in 2014 and will require you to meet 17 core objectives and three of six menu objectives. Also, clinical quality measures (CQM) for Stage 2 will require you to submit nine measures from a minimum of three National Quality Strategy domains, out of a potential 64 CQMs across six domains.
VanZee encourages you to contact him to discuss your options with EHRs. Contact him at (317) 232-1165 or via email.
Find details about meaningful use here.