Contributed by Lee Kim, Esq.
The deadline for requesting a hardship exemption for the 2012 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program adjustment is November 1, 2011. According to CMS, beginning in 2011, eligible professionals who are not successful electronic prescribers may be subject to a payment adjustment on their future Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered professional services. Eligible professionals may avoid the 2012 eRx payment adjustment by becoming a successful electronic prescriber (completing the required claims-based reporting in the required timeframe) or by qualifying for a hardship exemption for the eRx Incentive Program adjustment.
http://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1107.pdf (2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Update – Future Payment Adjustments)
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-06/pdf/2011-22629.pdf (2011 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Final Rule which includes information on hardship exemption categories specified by CMS)