6 months is not that long, so I would think any physician who is not presently e-Prescribing might want to seriously take a look and think hard about it. A little practice and learning curve ahead of time can’t hurt. Many offices already have electronic records that integrate this service for them, but for those who do not and have not made the transition yet, or need some additional time, you can sign up for free for e-Prescribing right now, yes it is free.
On the right hand side of this page is a link that will take you to the enrollment page for NEPSI. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and go through a small training module on how to use it. So again, if your office is not set up electronically yet, this might prove to be the solution until a full integrated records set is created. I don’t know of any office that would not welcome an additional 2% in their Medicare reimbursement rates, so the incentive is there! About 4 times a year I have made a post relative to the free e-Prescribing program and maybe now it might take hold. BD
“The biggest barrier to electronic prescribing has been the expense of buying and setting up the necessary equipment and software — an estimated $3,000 per prescribing doctor. So Congress agreed to pay doctors slightly more over the next five years when they use such systems. They would get an extra 2 percent in their reimbursement rates when treating Medicare patients during 2009 and 2010, 1 percent more in 2011 and 2012 and 0.5 percent more in the final year.”