The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a couple key clarifications about e-prescribing, as physicians strive to qualify for the federal e-prescribing bonus by June 30.
Question: prescribing – do refills count?
Answer: Yes, refills submitted electronically do count for an eligible patient visit. This has to be a face-to-face encounter for e-prescribing; however, it cannot be a phone call refill.
Question: Do over-the-counter prescriptions count as e-prescribing?
Answer: If these drugs are medically necessary, they will count for the purposes of the e-prescribing program. The prescription needs to be sent electronically to a receiving entity, and the system must be able to check for the dose, and drug-drug interactions, etc., just like for a regular prescription.