What is ePrescribing?
Use software to both generate and transmit the prescription (Rx)
Electronic receipt of, and response to, Rx refill/renewal requests
New Rx must stay in a Federally mandated digital form the entire time (NCPDP format) as it travels from the physician office through clearinghouses to the pharmacy
(Typically, the Rx is entered automatically into the pharmacy software).
What is Not ePrescribing?
- Computer-generated faxes
- Computer-generated printed prescriptions
- Scanned images
- E-mail (is not secure nor in the required format).
Consider a few numbers…
$5.00 – Average cost to pull a paper chart
$1,944 – Average cost to a physician for prescription related callbacks and reworks
$8.8 million – Ambulatory prescription errors annually
$150 million – Phone calls from pharmacies to physician offices annually for incomplete or illegible prescriptions
ePrescribing Incentives and Penalties
Medicare physicians who use e-prescribing technology will be eligible for incentive payments:
+2% in fiscal year 2009 and 2010 (starts January, 2009)
+1% in 2011 and 2012
+0.5% in 2013
Physicians participating in Medicare who do not e-prescribe:
1% payment cut in 2012
1.5% payment cut in 2013
2% in subsequent years
Provision exempts physicians who infrequently use prescriptions
For Electronic Health Record users:
PQRI (quality reporting) offers an additional 1.5% incentive payment (may be rising to 2%)
A Solution for ePrescribing: RelayHealth eScript
Standalone electronic prescribing solution
Provides a starting point on the path to a fully functional EHR
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