More physicians are replacing their prescription pads with electronic prescriptions, according to a new report released by Surescripts. Between 2008 and 2010, e-prescribing among physicians grew by 36 percent – before federal incentive programs began.
Specifically, adoption rates are highest among:
- Cardiologists (49%)
- Family physicians (47%)
- Practices with 5-10 physicians (44%)
- Practices with 2-5 physicians (42%)
“Electronic prescribing is now well on its way to becoming mainstream practice,” said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts. “What’s more, the factors behind the growth in e-prescribing are serving as a model for broader adoption and use of health IT.”
The report also found:
- The number of electronic prescriptions in 2010 grew to 326 million up from 190 million e-prescriptions in 2009. By the end of 2010, approximately 25 percent of eligible prescriptions were prescribed electronically.
- At the end of 2010, approximately 91 percent of community pharmacies and six of the largest mail order pharmacies in the U.S. were able to receive prescriptions electronically.
The study is the fourth in an annual series that tracks the status of e-prescribing adoption and use in the U.S. Read the report on the SureScripts website.
Earn bonuses for e-prescribing
This year federal incentive programs are driving the growth in health technologies, and it’s not too late for you to earn extra money by simply e-prescribing.
If you are a Medicare provider, you have until June 30, 2011, to submit at least 10 electronic prescriptions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from the first six months of this year to receive an incentive payment. If you submit a total of 25 electronic prescriptions, you can receive a bonus of 1 percent.
However, a 1 percent payment penalty will be assessed in 2012 if you do not submit at least 10 electronic prescriptions.
Find details on this website.