The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that incentive payments for the 2010 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program has begun for eligible professionals who met the criteria for successful reporting. Distribution of 2010 payments Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive is scheduled to be completed by August 31, 2011.
Effective January 2010, CMS revised the manner in which incentive payment information is communicated to eligible professionals receiving electronic remittance advices. CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to use a new indicator of LE to indicate incentive payments instead of LS. LE will appear on the electronic remit. In an effort to further clarify the type of incentive payment issued (either PQRI or eRx incentive), CMS created a 4-digit code to indicate the type of incentive and reporting year. For the 2010 eRx incentive payments, the 4-digit code is RX10. This code will be displayed on the electronic remittance advice along with the LE indicator. For example, eligible professionals will see LE to indicate an incentive payment, along with RX10 to identify that payment as the 2010 eRx incentive payment. Additionally, the paper remittance advice will read, “This is an eRx incentive payment.” The year will not be included in the paper remittance.