AMA reminds physicians to file Medicare e-prescribing exemptions

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 17, 2011

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Eligible physicians who could not meet Medicare electronic prescribing requirements for 2011 are being urged to file for a hardship exemption before a Nov. 1 deadline, the American Medical Association said.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services required physicians and other health professionals to report at least 10 e-prescriptions on Medicare claims between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011. Physicians who did not meet the threshold will face a 1% payment reduction in 2012.

"Although we remain concerned that physicians are not being given enough time to comply with the e-prescribing program criteria, the AMA wants to ensure that physicians who are not able to meet program requirements are aware of this upcoming exemption deadline so they can avoid penalties," said AMA Immediate Past President Cecil B. Wilson, MD.

The Medicare agency has created hardship exemptions that allow physicians to prevent penalties. Exemptions include inability to electronically prescribe due to state or federal law, limited prescribing activity and insufficient opportunities to report e-prescribing.

Exemptions for individual physicians must be filed online (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn