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Medicare to Pay Bonuses for 'E-Prescribing' - Health and Medical Information Produced by Doctors - MedicineNet.com

Posted Jul 24 2008 9:09pm

Link:Medicare to Pay Bonuses for 'E-Prescribing' - Health and Medical Information Produced by Doctors - MedicineNet.com.

MONDAY, July 21 (HealthDay News) — Starting next year, doctors can earn additional money fromMedicareif they use electronic prescribing systems, U.S. health officials said Monday. Latest MedicineNet News

The bonus program, which will continue for four years, is designed to streamline the prescription process and cut down on errors. In 2009 and 2010, Medicare will give doctors an additional 2 percent bonus on top of their fee for "e-prescribing." In 2011 and 2012, the bonus will drop to 1 percent, and in 2013, the bonus will drop again to 0.5 percent, officials said.

"There are terrific human and financial costs to illegible prescriptions," Mike Leavitt, secretary of theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said during a Monday afternoon teleconference.

I feel this will definitely cut down on medical errors it's a great idea.  However I think they are phasing out the incentive way too soon.



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