Tuesday, September 30, 2008

CCHIT will certify free standing e-Prescribing software

The CCHIT Incentive Index does not yet include what may become one of the largest new incentive programs offered. Under recent legislation (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, or MIPPA), Medicare payment bonuses will become available for any physician who uses qualified electronic prescribing technology beginning in 2009. Although the Commission requires e-prescribing in certified EHR systems, it has not been certifying stand-alone e-prescribing products. But that situation will soon change: At its Sept. 23 meeting, the CCHIT Board of Commissioners officially gave the go-ahead to develop certification for stand-alone e-prescribing systems. After public comments and a pilot test, the Commission expects to launch this new program by July 2009.


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