What is the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act?
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), passed in July 2008, contains several new authorities and requirements for quality reporting and PQRI for 2009 and beyond. The program establishes both financial incentives for electronically prescribing in many physician practices and penalties for those that do not adopt by a certain threshold date.
Any medical professional defined as 'eligible' by CMS may participate. Those wishing to participate must use a 'qualified' e-prescribing system and report their use of e-prescribing per the requirements of the program. Section 132 of MIPAA contains the new electronic prescribing incentive provisions.
Vsit the CMS web site for the latest information: www.cms.hhs.gov/erxincentive