The American Medical Association (AMA) is reminding physicians that June 30 is the deadline to report on at least 10 electronic scripts to avoid the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing program penalty.
Physicians who are not able to meet the requirements of the program should apply for a hardship exemption applicable to their particular case before the June 30 deadline, according to AMA.
“While we do not think physicians are being given enough time to comply with the Medicare e-prescribing program, we want to make them aware of the upcoming e-prescribing deadline so they can take steps now to prevent being hit with the 2013 penalty,” said AMA Immediate Past-President Cecil B. Wilson, MD.
In November 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final regulation on the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing penalty program. The penalty for not successfully participating in the program, or not filing for an exemption on time, is a 1.5 percent payment reduction for all Medicare claims based on the 2013 fee schedule amounts during the year.
To apply for an exemption, AMA recommended that physicians visit this website.