Medicare and e-Prescribing: The Fix Is In
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will reward providers who use e-prescribing with a bonus of 2 percent of their Medicare fees billed in 2009.
You don’t have e-prescribing. You don’t intend to get e-prescribing.
Courtesy of Dr. Michael Gorback at the Placebo Journal Blog:
1. Code G8445 tells CMS that you saw a patient but didn’t write any scripts. You still get e-prescribing credit for submitting this code.
2. Code G8446 tells CMS that you wrote a narcotic script or other script that could not be e-prescribed, that the patient requested a written script or a called-in script, or that the receiving pharmacy couldn’t accept e-prescribing.
3. You only have to submit 50% of the encounters.Conclusion: By being selective and using these two codes you can meet all of the criteria for the bonus without EVER doing an electronic prescription.
Pretty sneaky, Doc!