eScriptSM — True Electronic Prescribing
Easy Business Software offers RelayHealth eScript electronic prescription service which helps streamline prescription writing and refill authorizations. Using RelayHealth, your office can instantly transmit new prescriptions and renewals to virtually any pharmacy in the U.S. Automatically screen for drug interactions, reduce pharmacy call-backs by checking formulary compliance prior to submission, and dramatically reduce time spent feeding fax machines.
RelayHealth eScript enables you to:
Process renewal requests in one queue
Approve renewal requests with one click
Transmit renewal requests and authorizations electronically to virtually any pharmacy
Reduce time phoning and faxing the pharmacy
Improve patient safety through automatic interaction checking
Increase patient satisfaction and outcomes by involving the patient in the process
Minimize prescription errors
Medicare Incentives and Penalties
Medicare has authorized a 2% incentive program for physicians who utilize e-prescribing. The reporting of any one of three G codes (below) for at least 50 percent of Medicare patient encounters meets the requirements for the incentive bonus.
Practices that meet the e-prescribing criteria will be eligible for a 2 percent bonus in 2009 and 2010, a 1 percent bonus in 2011 and 2012 and a 0.5 percent bonus in 2013. Practices not e-prescribing will face a 1 percent cut in 2012 and 2013. That cut will grow to 2 percent in 2014 and beyond.
In order to participate, physicians simply add one of three G codes to their Medicare claims for patient encounters:
G8443 Prescription sent by e-prescribing system
G8445 Prescription not generated at encounter
G8446 Some prescriptions handwritten or phoned
By submitting any one of these three G codes on claims to Medicare, this indicates that an electronic prescribing system has been adopted.
- E&M services must be at least 10% of total allowed Medicare charges.
- The bonus is based on total Part B payments and not just E&M
- The Average bonus is around $1600/physician/year (e-prescribing is only $500/physician/year)
- This eRx bonus is in addition to other bonus programs such as the PQRI.
Medicare's website for e-Prescribing http://www.cms.hhs.gov/eprescribing/
or Medicare's E-Prescribing PDF http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI/Downloads/PQRIEPrescribingFactSheet.pdf