New Medicare Rules for NPs on e-Prescribing

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

The CMS is starting a new phase of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) to increase electronic prescribing (e-prescribing). Nurse practitioners who don’t either e-prescribe or properly document e-prescriptions can be penalized with Medicare fee cuts in 2012. To avoid pay cuts, NPs who are enrolled as Medicare providers and directly bill Medicare Part B for at least 100 visits between January and June 2011 must show on Part B claims that e-prescribing was used at least 10 different times. Those without prescriptive authority or those in areas with restricted access to e-prescribing must document their exemption on Part B claims or face the same penalties.

See the Notice below detailing this important information.