Medicare’s eRx and EHR Incentive Programs – Anesthesia Business Consultants Clears up the Confusion for Anesthesiologists

JACKSON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Attestation to earn a bonus under the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program began on April 18, 2011.

Most anesthesiologists and pain physicians – but not all -- will be unable to participate successfully in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, at least for now. Neither specialty appears on CMS’ most recent report of eligible physicians by specialty. You have until October 2012 to begin and still receive the full bonus, however.

Most readers will also be exempt from the Medicare requirement that they use e-prescribing (eRx) technology and will be ineligible for the corresponding bonus. People are hearing different things from different sources, e.g., Medicare carriers, billing companies, IT vendors and the storied word of mouth, and we are encountering both unrealistic fears and unrealistic explanations. A review of what each program requires or offers seems in order.

For a side-by-side comparison and key concepts and requirements in the eRx and EHR Incentive Programs, see this week’s Anesthesia Business Consultant’s eAlert:

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ABC, established in 1979, is one of the largest billing and practice management companies dedicated to the complex and intricate specialty of anesthesia and pain management. It is both an American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Management Supporter, and an Anesthesia Quality Institute Preferred Vendor. ABC employs industry leaders, operates under proven efficient processes, and utilizes technology advances to easily adapt to the ever-changing regulatory environment.

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