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CMS releases final rule on eRx incentive program changes
Modern Healthcare

The CMS’ final rule on changes to the federal e-prescribing incentive program (PDF) for 2011 includes additional hardship exemptions and more time for providers to obtain such exemptions. The program creates financial incentives and penalties to encourage the use of digital prescriptions by healthcare providers participating in Medicare. Under the final rule, issued Wednesday and scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Sept. 6, there are additional significant-hardship exemption categories to help providers avoid the Medicare payment cuts they would face beginning in 2012 for not meeting e-prescribing targets.