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.
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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.