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Monday, June 27, 2011

TMA ASKS CMS TO DELAY E-PRESCRIPTION DEADLINE

TMA urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to push back its June 30 deadline for physicians to report they have prescribed medications electronically or be penalized. The unreasonable deadline is causing serious problems for Texas physicians and their patients. CMS requires physicians who see Medicare patients to report having transmitted 10 e-prescriptions by June 30 or face a 1-percent penalty on all allowable charges they bill to Medicare beginning in 2012. To comply with the deadline, some physicians are rushing into e-prescribing to avoid the penalty, using free or temporary systems. TMA asked CMS to defer the compliance date to Oct.1. We also asked the agency to grant physicians automatic exemptions if they attest that they intend to e-prescribe by Oct. 1, 2012, under a Medicare incentive program that rewards physicians for “meaningful use” of an electronic health record, including the use of e-prescribing technology.

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