CMS Issues 2009 eRx Incentive Payments
Incentive payments for the 2009 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program are being distributed. Eligible professionals (EPs) who met the previous year’s criteria for successful reporting should receive payments no later than Oct. 22, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Effective January 2010, Medicare contractors will use the incentive payment indicator LE, instead of LS, to indicate incentive payments on electronic remittance advice. Paper remittance advice will read: “This is an eRx incentive payment.”
A four-digit code also will be used to indicate the incentive type and reporting year. For 2009 eRx incentive payments, for example, the code is RX09. This code will appear on the electronic remittance advice along with the LE indicator.
2009 eRx feedback reports will be available on the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal starting the second week of November. Taxpayer Identification Number- (TIN) level reports require an Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. Alternatively, participants may contact their carrier or Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) to request individual National Provider Identifier- (NPI) level reports.
If you have questions about the status of your eRx incentive payment (during the distribution timeframe), contact your Provider Contact Center. A link to the Contact Center Directory is available on the CMS website.
Note: It’s not too late to participate in the 2010 eRx Incentive Program and potentially qualify for a full-year incentive payment. EPs may begin reporting eRx through a standalone eRx system or an electronic health record (EHR) with eRx functionality any time throughout the 2010 program year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). For details, see the 2010 eRx Incentive Program Made Simple Fact Sheet.