In the final rule on the e-prescribing incentive program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to add four hardship exemptions and give you until Nov. 1 to apply for them.
The Sept. 6 Federal Register has details on the new regulations intended to align more with the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, reducing the need for utilizing separate systems to obtain incentives.
To prevent more from being penalized in 2012 for failing to e-prescribe, CMS will now exempt eligible professionals who:
- Register to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive program and adopt certified EHR technology
- Are unable to electronically prescribe due to local, state or federal law or regulation
- Have limited prescribing activity
- Have insufficient opportunities to report the e-prescribing measure due to limitations of the measure’s denominator
Two hardship exemptions already exist, available to eligible professionals who practice in: 1) rural areas with limited high-speed Internet access and 2) areas with limited available pharmacies for electronic prescribing.
Find more details about the new regulations in the Sept. 6 Federal Register here.