NPs: Last Opportunity to Avoid Medicare e-Prescribing Penalties for 2011

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The American Nurses Association Dept. of Nursing Practice and Policy provide the following information received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

CMS announced that, beginning in 2011, nurse practitioners (NPs) and other eligible professionals in Medicare Part B who (between January and June 2011) did not write at least 10 Medicare electronic prescriptions may be subject to a 2012 eRx payment adjustment on their future Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered professional services. That 2012 eRx payment adjustment is a 1% across the board cut in Medicare Part B allowances. (No APRNs other than NPs are included in this program.)

From November 2010 through September 2011 CMS made several changes in the rules for enforcing Medicare penalties for insufficient use of eRx. For NPs who qualify, November 1 is the deadline for applying for any of the new exemptions. The exemptions and the application process are described in a new update for NPs (see below).