Last Chance to Avoid 2012 eRx Payment Adjustment
Providers have only two weeks remaining to request a hardship exemption for the 2012 electronic prescribing (eRx) payment adjustment. The deadline is Nov 1.
Eligible professionals (EPs) who have not met eRx Incentive Program requirements (and who are not exempt) will incur a 1 percent payment reduction to their allowable Medicare Part B charges beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
To determine if you are subject to the 2012 eRx payment adjustment, review Medicare Learning Network (MLN®) Special Edition article SE1107. If you are, the next step is to determine if you meet any of the hardship exemption categories specified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the 2011 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program final rule. Review the regulations to be certain.
EPs must submit hardship exemption requests through the Communication Support Page. Group practices participating under the group practice reporting option (GPRO) must submit hardship exemption requests via a letter to: Significant Hardship Exemptions, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Measurement and Health Assessment Group, 7500 Security Blvd., Mail Stop S3-02-01, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
Follow up: According to Part B News, CMS will not notify you regarding your hardship exemption application status. You must contact the agency to learn if you are exempt or will incur the payment adjustment.
Other Important Dates
Nov. 30 – Last day for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to register and attest to receive an electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment for 2011.
Dec. 31 – Version 5010 compliance deadline.
Feb. 29, 2012 – Last day for EPs to register and attest to receive an EHR incentive payment for 2011.